Labour man had a smooth landing after day of flood terror

BEXHILL and Battle's Labour man has said he would happily return to Pakistan despite narrowly avoiding tragedy when he was caught up in devastating floods.

The Observer reported last week how James Royston, who grew up in Crowhurst and stood for election as Bexhill and Battle's MP in May, escaped flooding in northern Pakistan after flying out for a friend's wedding.

Speaking recently after a safe touchdown in Gatwick airport last Friday afternoon, James said he had no regrets about his trip, and had been treated well by locals throughout.

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"The journey home was fine. It was about 12 hours from Islamabad by plane, and it all went smoothly.

"It was a friend's wedding, so I wouldn't have missed it. But it was a beautiful country despite all the hardship we saw.

"There was just one day where we felt terrified and two days where we were bored out of our minds and we had no idea how we were going to get out of the town."

James mother, Frances Royston, said she was very glad to have her son back safely.