Storm Sandy extends US trip for Grantham girls

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What was supposed to be a five-day trip to the bright lights of New York for a group of Grantham girls turned into 13 days of waiting around as Storm Sandy arrived.

The group from Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School took the trip to compete in a national mock trials competition. The girls competed against students from several other countries as well as American teams.

Although they came 22nd overall, in part due to different practices over in the States, they enjoyed the experience.

And when Storm Sandy cancelled their flights, the girls experienced a mixture of joy and fear of the unknown.

As they were staying in a hotel in Brooklyn, the group managed to avoid the brunt of the storm’s impact. Georgia Blatherwick took a number of photos during the stay, including a rare one of lights out in most of the city.

Although they avoided the worst of the storm, heavy winds were extraordinary.

All the girls arrived back to the UK safe and sound, with lots of tales to tell, including how residents came together.