GRADUATES planning the trip of a lifetime to China almost had their journey thwarted after passports and visas got lost in the mail.
Philip Netherton, 20, a former pupil at Upton High School, had been planning the eagerly awaited trip for a year with two friends.
The trio were to catch a train from London to Hong Kong, passing through Russia, Mongolia and China.
Philip, of Tomkinson Street, Hoole and his two best friends and former Upton High pupils, Oxford University graduate Jamie Bellinger from Hoole and Adam Burrell, of Guilden Sutton, had organised all their transport, booked hostels, had the necessary vaccinations and arranged their visas to Russia and Mongolia. All that remained was to get their Chinese visas and they would be ready to go.
The passports, containing those precious Russian and Mongolian visas, were sent by next day registered post to “Visas to China” in Edinburgh.
But the package never arrived in the Scottish capital. It went straight to the returned mail office in Belfast and the online tracking system simply said it could not track the passports’ progress online.
But on Wednesday last week, they were tracked down and the next day, Philip picked up the passports and visas from Chester delivery office.
He explained how the documents were eventually tracked down, only to miss a delivery in Chester too.
“It arrived in Chester at 4.30am on Thursday but it didn’t get put on a delivery,” said Philip.
“The post office rang me saying they’ve got it. I said I’ll come and get it myself! We were thinking we might have to cancel the whole thing.”
The Birmingham University student says he is now looking forward to a trouble-free five weeks of travelling.