March 2014: Students meet Alcatraz prisoner on Stateside trip

MEETING a former Alcatraz prisoner was a highlight of a media and business studies trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A party of 24 students from Years 10, 11 and 12 went on the Haslingden High School trip.

Head of Media Studies Ben Farnworth said: “We went to Hollywood and saw the stars on the Walk of Fame.

“Then to Alcatraz where a former inmate William Baker, the last surviving prisoner, was launching his book and students bought copies and had them autographed.

“We were also looking at different film scenarios and went to Universal Studio Tours and saw the film sets.”

Fifteen-year-old Chloe Robinson said: “We went round San Francisco in a tour bus which took us to all the famous locations where films had been set.

”We saw where they filmed Pretty Woman and went on Rodeo Drive and then went to the second highest point in San Francisco where the views were spectacular.”

They went on foot across the Golden Gate Bridge with the quickest student crossing the 1.5mile long bridge in just 39 minutes.

Abbie Peace, 16, said: “It was great just being there. I have been to America before but not to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Family and friends have said that I should go there and they were right.”