Ian Lavarello meets Tristan students at Peter Symonds College

Chief Islander visits islanders in Hampshire

Report and photos from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy

Chief Islander Ian Lavarello is in the UK principally to represent Tristan da Cunha at the annual UK Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) in early December.

Ian arrived at Manchester Airport on 10th November 2018 and stayed with relations in the city until Saturday 17th when he travelled by train to Southampton, staying overnight with Pat and Sue Patterson. Pat was a former Head of Communications on Tristan and he married islander Sue Green during his time there.

On Sunday 18th the group were joined by Chris Carnegy for a trip to Winchester and on to visit Violet Brown, one of those islanders who remained in England when most others returned to Tristan in 1963 after their exile in the UK after the 1961 volcanic eruption.

Arriving at Peter Symonds College, Winchester
Left to right: Nick Allen, Assistant College Principal, Tristan Chief Islander Ian Lavarello,
Tristan students Rhyanna Swain, Jade Repetto and Janice Green,
Pat and Susan Patterson with whom Ian stayed whilst in Hampshire.
Ian with Janice, Rhyanna & Jade. Images of Tristan can be seen on the notice board behind showing 'Boarder's Homes'.
Ian discovered this sign to Kelso in the college grounds. Tristan's founder William Glass came from Kelso
in Scotland, but this sign was directing people
to a building of that name on the college campus.
Sunday lunch in Winchester when the group were joined
by Jenny and Johnny King (sitting opposite Ian)
and Leon Glass (on Ian's right).

Ian's visit to Violet Brown's (née Repetto)
home in Langley near Calshot.

Left: Ian with Violet;
Above: Violet and Ian with Violet's husband Mike,
their daughter Joy, grandson Matt and Eric the dog!
Ian travelled on to Salisbury after tea with Violet to stay overnight with Chris before preparing to travel to Bristol for his next meeting.