Lost danc­ing war­riors de­light

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LON­DON: When teach­ers ar­rived at their school in Hull to find nine spear-car­ry­ing Zulu war­riors at the gates, they were, un­der­stand­ably, a lit­tle con­fused.

But not as con­fused as the Zu­lus, who asked them: “Is this Lon­don?”

As both groups looked at each other in be­wil­der­ment, it soon be­came ap­par­ent how their very dif­fer­ent worlds had man­aged to col­lide, it was all down to a mix-up with the GPS.

The Zulu “war­riors” were in fact the Li­ons of Zu­l­u­land, a South African dance troupe who were ex­pect­ing to per­form for the chil­dren of St Ann’s School in Brent­ford, west Lon­don.

Thanks to a cler­i­cal blun­der, their GPS di­rected them to St Anne’s in Wel­ton on the out­skirts of Hull – 320km from their in­tended des­ti­na­tion.

Af­ter a few phone calls, the Li­ons’ leader Mdu Mk­ize re­alised how the mis­take oc­curred.

While they had the cor­rect school’s ad­dress, the re­gion had been listed as “East York­shire”, with the Hull school’s phone num­ber.

So when Mk­ize put the num­ber into Google to find the post­code so he could drive from St Al­bans, he had ended up with the one for the York­shire school.

An em­bar­rassed Mk­ize, 50, said: “I feel very sorry about what hap­pened and this is not some­thing that hap­pens ev­ery day.” Luck­ily the Hull school, for chil­dren with spe­cial needs, were so im­pressed with the group they booked them on the spot.

The Li­ons – who were on their an­nual tour of the UK from KwaZulu-Natal – did two per­for­mances and a work­shop for the pupils, some of whom had a go at drum­ming and danc­ing.

The day was funded by a char­ity which spon­sors the group’s vis­its to spe­cial schools.

Chris­tine Lee, as­sis­tant head at St Anne’s, said: “The chil­dren ab­so­lutely loved it. We would def­i­nitely have them back.”

The Li­ons now hope to rear­range their visit to Lon­don, this time with very clearly is­sued di­rec­tions. – Daily Mail

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