Coming Full Circle!
The Trent Park gorillas had been looking forward to getting their mouths hands on that Big Banana all summer so, after a quick breakfast the Ripe Bananas (Boss man Pete, Gorillas Aileen and Aaron, Instructor sized banana Jack, plus George, Kelly and David) jumped on a tube train for the ‘beginning of the end’ of the entire relay. Hot but fun, especially seeing the reaction of their fellow passengers who had quite obviously never seen gorillas and bananas reading The Times!
Calling in at King’s Cross St Pancras there was time for a quick visit to Hogwarts before jumping on the No. 30 bus to Madame Tussaud’s and a short walk to Baker Street. Sherlock wasn’t in so they said ‘hello’ to the bobby on the door instead.
Having left their leafy umbrellas back in the woods it was a troop of soggy gorillas that made its way to Marble Arch. What fun they had chasing pigeons and racing Boris Bikes through Hyde Park until they met the rest of the team and had to hand over the banana. But it was the Un-ripe Bananas (Banana Bob, Gorillas Rhys and Kayleigh, photo TomTom, plus Chris, Darren, Amy and Dave) who had to contend with the worst of the weather. With a spring in their step and spirits undampened they toured the sights of London, much to the amusement of the crowds at Buckingham Palace. A friendly policeman pointed them in the right direction for Nelson’s Column and from there it was a bus and tube to St Paul’s and the Wobbly Bridge before a train to the outer reaches of the capital and beyond. Welcomed back to Leeds Castle by a mass gathering of gorillas, bananas and human instructors never previously seen in one place, the completion of the Big Banana Relay was celebrated in style with balloons, bubbly and a barbecue.