Red carpet rolled out for Arab sheikh...and Hampstead school run

A parent and pupils take to the red carpet during the school run.

A parent and pupils take to the red carpet during the school run. - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Pram-pushing mothers at one Hampstead school could be forgiven for confusing the school run with a glitzy movie premiere this week.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan arrives at the Everyman. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan arrives at the Everyman. Picture: Nigel Sutton. - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Heathman was amused to see Hampstead Parochial School pupils and their parents emerging from the school and onto a waiting red carpet on Monday.

The school, in Holly Bush Vale, shares a walkway to its entrance with the Everyman Cinema which was hosting a special red carpet film screening on Monday.

As Everyman staff awaited the arrival of dignitaries, including Arab aristocracy, scores of parents and youngsters in their uniform strolled along the red carpet and under a colourful floral arch as they headed home for the day.

The cinema’s staff were relieved to clear the school run in time for the arrival of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, a member of one of the six ruling families of the United Arab Emirates.


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The sheikh dropped in to support his daughter who produced documentary The Tainted Veil which was being screened.

Another typical school day in Hampstead...

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