Day 5. Thursday 6th August 1970 – England


Nobody went into London today, which made a change and also saved quite a lot of money.

In the evening we were invited to a dinner given in our honour by Eileen’s father. This proved to be a profitable delightful evening. One of the guests made a donation of £10 and another offered us some rice and flour to help supplement our food. A young journalist who seemed rather interested was also there, representing the local press.

For the Expedition we also had to be vaccinated for Smallpox and Cholera these were carried out by Dr John Frankland, who was also the Cave Rescue Doctor, and done over a couple of weekends in the Marton Arms Pub just outside Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales. The Marton Arms was one of the main caving pubs in the Dales during the 60’s and 70’s and the main meeting point for the members of the Expedition.

Dr Frankland also provided the Expedition with a very comprehensive medical kit, more a small metal chest, which was later to save the life of one of the expedition members.