Drivethrough - Scouts provide tea and coffee in traffic jam
21st March 2008
During chaos and confusion on some of Kent's busiest roads on Thursday night, leaders from 3rd Sevenoaks Scout Group took hot drinks to the masses.
Thursday evening's Scout Troop meeting was a little different from normal. Following a 'geocaching' activity in the local area, it was clear traffic through Riverhead was at a standstill.
Simon, an Assistant Scout Leader at the Troop said "After the Scouts had gone home we had a family come down the driveway asking to use the toilets, we happily obliged and decided to keep the Scout hut open for others to use and get free refreshments. Placing a sign at the top of the driveway, and putting on high visibility jackets, we wondered through the cars along Bradbourne Vale Road taking hot teas and coffees. There were a whole range of people stuck including families, university students, visitors from abroad and lorry drivers. Some had been on the road for over 8 hours and were glad of a quick chat. Many didn't know where they were as they had been diverted from the M20/M26 onto the A25.
Serving hot drinks from 9.30pm until 1.30am when the traffic cleared in the wind and rain was tiring, but very rewarding, and we got to meet a lot of interesting people."