When a tour guide received a phone call from Richmond’s Coaches in Hertfordshire asking him to do a coach tour the very next day, he happily obliged. If he had been unavailable, he would have found a colleague to help out.
The tour started from Bell’s Hotel in Coleford. One of the tourists had been evacuated to Bell’s School during WWII when she was a young child. Her reminiscences were very poignant, and welcomed by the group.
The group visited both the Dean Heritage Centre in Soudley and Taurus crafts near Lydney. Along the way the guide pointed out the industrial heritage of the Forest of Dean. He also named some of the notable VIP’s such as Jimmy Young, Dennis Potter and Harry Potter.