College students caught in Hurricane Sandy on art trip

13:53 07 November 2012

Exmouth Community College art and photography students on their trip to New York.

Exmouth Community College art and photography students on their trip to New York.

Archant

A group of art and photography students from Exmouth Community College got more than they bargained for on a trip to New York, when they found themselves caught up in Hurricane Sandy.

The A-level students, along with teachers Jill Honour and Victoria Carter, had flown out to visit four of the Big Apple’s famous art museums – the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and the International Centre of Photography – and enjoy some regular sightseeing.

However, with their scheduled five days completed, the group found their flight home on the Sunday evening had been cancelled – leaving them in their Manhattan hotel when the storm hit on Monday.

Mrs Honour said: “We’d thought we’d be safe as we’d be out, but British Airways cancelled all their flights. We lived through Sunday and Monday [when the storm moved in], and Monday teatime the power went off.

“We’d sent the students out on Sunday to get food, but we didn’t know how long we’d be holed up for, and everything was closing down, so it started to get a bit more serious.”

Mrs Honour said the storm itself was not too severe for the group, as they were out of the way of the surge which hit parts of Manhattan.

“We were in the middle of town, which was okay – it was lower Manhattan that had to be evacuated, so we were safe, but a mile down the road it was very different. To be honest it was just a bit wet and a bit windy, but it was very dark.”

The group stayed in their hotel until Tuesday lunchtime, when their tour operator Travelbound moved them to a hotel in Boston, before finally flying back last Thursday.

Mrs Honour praised the students for how they coped, saying: “We couldn’t have taken a nicer bunch of students – they were totally amazing and I was very proud of them.”

College principal Tony Alexander said he had been very concerned for the group, and had kept parents informed during the week, while Mrs Honour’s husband had co-ordinated with him and Travelbound.

Mr Alexander said: “I would like to thank Mrs Carter and Mrs Honour for their outstanding leadership during a difficult time. Their example was an inspiration to the students, whose behaviour and attitude were a great credit to them. I am very proud of all of them.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 07:00
�

A charity ball to support an Exeter-based cancer charity needs the support of Honiton residents and businesses.

Read more
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Various fruits and vegetables on counter

Blustery weather and rain failed to dampen spirits at the 54th Upottery Flower and Vegetable Show.

Read more
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Carol Gilson.

A Honiton mobility scheme has enhanced the life of two people.

Read more
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Partnership manager Richard Burningham (leftt) with Richard Kempton of South West Trains holding copies of the new “Devon – Great Scenic Railways” booklet.

East Devon and the Axminster to Exeter railway line is to be more widely promoted across the region, thanks to a new initiative.

Read more
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Red Arrows at Sidmouth 2016. Ref shs 34-16TI 6349. Picture: Terry Ife

The Red Arrows put on a fantastic display at Sidmouth to a bumper crowd on Friday evening, the weather was just perfect for such an event.

Read more
Sunday, August 28, 2016
The cycling team who are all hoping to raise £1,000 for a good cause.

A trio of cyclists embarked on a charity challenge and climbed more than 24,000 feet in 24 hours over the weekend.

Read more
Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Charter Day Band Concert was once again held at Honiton’s Millennium Green - and has now become an annual event raising funds for its maintenance and upkeep.

Read more
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Cottrell Cubs with their parents.

Cottrell Cubs showed off their cooking skills to celebrate finishing another great term.

Read more
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Cakes and coffee galore will be on offer at a Honiton Macmillan coffee morning.

Read more
Saturday, August 27, 2016
One of the posters from the collection.

Film buffs will soon have a chance to get their hands on a number of original cinema posters dating back to the 1930s.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications