Big Ben visit 

A group of students from the School of English at Sussex Coast College Hastings travelled to London for a sightseeing trip last week, where they were able to hear the last bong of Big Ben before renovation work begins over the next four years.

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Students from China, Vietnam, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Spain and Syria, travelled to London from Hastings on Monday 21st August to take in a number of the capital’s famous landmarks including Whitehall, Downing Street, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, and a Horse Guards Parade.

The students, led by School of English manager, Otto Haas, timed their visit so that they could arrive in Parliament Square at midday to hear Big Ben's last chimes for four years.

Otto said: “The students had a fantastic day in London and it was a major bonus for them to be there as Big Ben chimed for the last time. It was quite a historic moment and to be part of a sea of thousands of people watching the event was really special.

The students have really enjoyed their summer in the UK and will head home with the lasting memory of being part of this special moment in London.”

School of English students study on courses ranging from a few weeks to several months in duration at Sussex Coast College Hastings. During their time in Hastings, the students work towards IELTS or Cambridge English exams, and trips and activities compliment their learning, ensuring that they have fun while they’re here in the UK while also learning about British history and culture.

Check out the pictures on the School of English Facebook page

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