Hope for Welwyn Garden City pilgrims after computer failure stymies tour

PUBLISHED: 10:42 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:42 31 May 2017

Minister Simon Cragg

Minister Simon Cragg


A cancelled pilgrimage from Welwyn Garden City to the lands of the Bible will be rearranged later this year, a key organiser has confirmed.

A group of 45 parishioners of various Welwyn Garden City churches was unable to fly from Heathrow to Tel Aviv on Saturday evenning because of a massive British Airways computer failure.

But Simon Cragg of Christchurch Baptist Church, one of the two tour leaders, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times the pilgrimage would be re-arranged.

He said: “For many it was their first opportunity to go the Holy Land, and so we were very excited.

“It was naturally disappointing not be able to go, and it was very last minute that we got the final decision not to even go to Heathrow. On the positive at least we didn’t find ourselves camped out on the airport floor for hours like some, and the pilgrimage will be rearranged for later this year.

“Pax Travel, who arranged the tour, have been brilliant, offering full refunds and making every effort to communicate with us throughout the weekend.”

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