Recent events in Calais and the Channel Tunnel have brought back memories for a member of the Mobile Bar Hire team. Jack Kerr, one of the company’s managers has delivered into Europe many times before but on hiss last trip in June this year he had first-hand experience of the men and women risking their lives to get into the UK. Having fought he’s way through the M20 and the various diversions he made it into France. Although driving out of the channel tunnel was straight forward as he headed out of Calais towards Paris he saw the hundreds of people in groups of approx.20 plus making their way towards the ports.
Having completed the corporate event in Paris that night, it was now a case of heading back to Calais and the Channel Tunnel. At approx 10 miles before the tunnel check in the groups of individuals were clearly visible, checking the trailers of the Lorries and vans which were waiting in the queue it felt like only a matter of time before someone tried to open the doors to his van. “I could see and hear the lorry drivers, some British shouting at the people who were trying to get into their vehicles”.
Although the French police where visible they did not seem overly concerned about what was going on, “ I was quite surprised that there were not any fights between the drivers and the people” . Mr Kerr mentioned that although he was perfectly safe within the van which was fully locked at all times, it was still worrying, being in another country where all of this is going on and the feeling of the police was quite ‘laid back’.
Having said that Mr Kerr’s event in Paris ran to time and he was back in the UK without any issues – as we are all aware the story in Calais still continues…
Have you seen the troubles in Calais? Let us know!