I selected five juniors on this occasion: Farrell Scott, Lily Tattersall, Oliver Lowery and Lawrence Wilson from Whale Hill Primary School and Zoe Coates from Outlook Academy Bydales. Parents Sonia, Katie, Dan, Paul and Gary were part of the expedition too.
We had a relatively early start as we met at Darlington Railway Station to catch a direct train to King's Cross. The two full days of fun, excitement and hard work had begun!
After checking in at the Travelodge we assembled again to set off into the city. However, the children showed they were already very much on chess duty, as they were eager to teach the hotel receptionists!
After introducing the children to the extraordinary tube system, it was soon time to show them some sights - and shops! - just prior to settling down for a meal.
Oliver somehow became involved with a knife-throwing unicyclist at Trafalgar Square. His bravery earned him £5!
Continued in Part 2...
The CSC Teesside London expedition was made possible thanks to generous support from Chess in Schools and Communities, Whale Hill Primary School and CSC Tutor Dave Edmunds.