Woking Football Club

PETER Jordan, the Woking FC majority shareholder, has spoken about his terrifying ordeal on an aircraft that crash-landed on a runway in Ukraine last week.

Peter, a retired businessman, was flying to Odessa on a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 when the incident happened last Thursday.

Woking FC majority shareholder Peter Jordan

“The plane came in too fast and had to go around again. On the second approach, the plane was still going too fast and when we landed it bounced three or four times,” Peter told the News & Mail.

“The nose wheel collapsed and the plane scraped along the runway, with sparks flying up. There was pandemonium as you don’t know how much air fuel there is.

“We came to a sudden stop and I thought, ‘stay calm; we are on the ground’.

“Then the lights went out and the cabin started to fill with smoke. There was panic and screaming.”

Passengers opened the exits and helped each other down the emergency shutes. Peter said he did not see the crew or hear any announcements. He and other male passengers helped the women and children to leave before going down the shutes themselves.

Peter and other 134 passengers and crew then waited in temperatures of -2C to be picked up by a bus and taken to the terminal building. He got a taxi to his hotel and the next day his luggage was delivered by the airline.

“I have flown thousands of times and this was absolutely terrifying. It’s an experience I never want anyone to go through.”

For the full story get the 28 November edition of the News & Mail

CHILDREN from across Woking borough learned valuable life skills and how to keep safe and healthy during Junior Citizen courses held throughout March.

A series of fun and informative sessions were staged for primary school pupils taking part in the in the long-running safety programme.

Pupils escape from a smoke filled room in a “burning house”

The course, held at Woking Football Club’s ground in Kingfield, is organised by members of the Safer Woking Partnership.

It is supported by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Surrey Police, British Transport Police, Woking Borough Council, New Vision Homes, the football club and the Children and Family Health Service.

The children found out what it is like to enter a room that is on fire and a “stranger danger” session was led by police officers.

British Transport Police raised awareness of the hazards around railway lines and a new session for 2019 run by the Children and Family Health Service had advice on healthy eating and the dangers of consuming too much sugar.

Jane Spong, head of youth and community at Woking Football Club, said: “We are always very impressed by the mature way in which the young people who pass through the doors handle each different situation, whilst still having fun.”

For the full story get the 28 March edition of the News & Mail

WOKING Football Club will be holding a minute’s silence before Saturday’s home game against Slough.

“We will be remembering the 50 people massacred while praying at the Al-Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand,” said the club’s chaplain Ian Nicholson.

“As home to the country’s first mosque and recognising the large Muslim communities in both Slough and Woking there will now be a minute’s silence to remember those bereaved, and also to think of all victims of terrorism at this turbulent time.”

A prayer and peace vigil for the victims and families of the New Zealand shootings is being held at the Shah Jahan Mosque on Saturday 23 March, starting at 2pm. All members of the community are invited to attend, to show solidarity and unity against such terror attacks.