The people in question being the White House Security personnel charged with ensuring President Bush's safety
during his visit to the Prime Minister's Sedgefield Home Constituency.
Given this highly hush-hush mission to transport secret service personnel
throughout the region before and during the Presidential visit, no-one here at Classic could reveal details of the job. Pictured right is one of the drivers, Brynn Coates, who passed the strict C.I.A
vetting and helped this critical mission. Each driver was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the White House Communications Agency for the outstanding manner in which they provided support to US President Bush
during his visit to Sedgefield, it also mentioned the superb attitude and professionalism enabling communications for the President and the White House staff.
President Bush was making a reciprocal
visit to Tony Blair's Sedgefield Home Constituency. On a previous trip to America Prime Minister, Tony Blair, took a trip to George Bush Jnr's Texas home.
Classic was at hand from the pre-visit
security checks and communication infrastructure installation until the final White House person left for home. It was truly an awesome sight when the Presidential plane Air Force One touched down at Teesside International
The Presidential party then travelled to meet
the people of Sedgefield and George Bush was treated to a bottle of non-alcoholic beer. The police presence during the visit was high profile but no incidence of note occurred. Those wishing to protest were kept at a respectful
distance from the Presidential eyes.
Plain clothes undercover presence was also obvious and the President was safe at all times. Air Force One was refuelled and ready on the tarmac for his return. The skies above became a no fly zone for all but military aircraft.
Friday 21st November was a day of excitement, heightened awareness and spectacle. On
Sunday 23rd business returned to normal and Classic looked back with pride at assisting in a job well done.
©2003 Brynn Coates