17 July 2015 10:45 - General Press Release
Guernsey's most loyal customer
Guernsey’s most loyal holidaymaker marks 75 visits on his 75th birthday
Condor Ferries has celebrated a unique achievement by frequent traveller Gareth Gwyn-Jones who notched up his 75th visit to Guernsey when he arrived on the island this week on board Condor Liberation, to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Alicia Andrews, Executive Director – Commercial for Condor Ferries, commented: “We were delighted to welcome My Gwyn-Jones onboard Condor Liberation as he celebrated this fabulous anniversary. We wanted to ensure this trip was particularly special so we arranged for him to meet the Captain, who presented him with a bottle of Champagne to mark this special occasion.
“To ensure he ends his trip in style, we have also upgraded him to Ocean Club for his return journey, so he can enjoy the panoramic views across the Channel as he sails back home.”
Although Mr Gwyn-Jones chose to travel over on Liberation for this trip, over the years, the professional actor has sailed on most of the ferries linking the Island with the mainland, including the mailboats St Helier, St Julian and St Patrick. He has also flown from most of the major airports and had the unusual experience of flying accompanied by his car from Eastleigh in 1967.
The States Culture and Leisure Minister, Deputy Mike O’Hara, believes this to be a record for the island and has kindly arranged for Mr Gwyn-Jones to mark the occasion by firing the noonday gun on 1 August.
He first visited Guernsey in 1948 with his parents and sister and holidayed nowhere else for the next 15 years, he even spent his honeymoon at La Favourita Hotel in Fermain Bay. Besides holidaying on the Island he has worked there several times, firstly in 1967 when he drove a drinks delivery van for Guppy’s. Between 1988 and 2004, he brought his Gilbert and Sullivan Company, the New Savoyards of London, to St James for a number of popular performances.
His family connections date back to 1912 when his Great Aunt Gwladys moved to Guernsey after marrying grower Perce Le Marchant. His Great-Grandmother Elizabeth Jones also moved to the Island and died there in 1916 and his father was a frequent visitor.