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We arrived in the dark at the red coach park at Cofton Park which used to be the Longbridge car factory. Everyone had to arrive by coach so there were two coach parks for the 1,200 or so coaches taking about 55,000 pilgrims. One of the many costs was miles of temporary fencing for safety in the coach parks! We had a relatively short walk to the disabled wheelchair gate as one of our group was in a wheelchair so we found ourselves in the Park, only 100 yards from the Sanctuary, just in front of the BBC’s commentary box at about 6am. With music and large TV screen we had breakfast and just waited until 8.10 when the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship commenced, live from Cofton Park.
The Pope, having taken off by helicopter from Wimbledon Park, arrived in Birmingham and came amongst the pilgrims in his Popemobile before Mass and fortunately we were close to his route.