Ian Lavarello makes pre-Christmas visit to Michael Swales

Chief Islander visits Association Chairman

Report and photo from Chief Islander Ian Lavarello

Ian Lavarello continued his UK tour by visiting Tristan Association President and Chairman Michael Swales at his Staffordshire home on Tuesday 18th December. Ian travelled by train from Manchester and was met at Uttoxeter Station by Michael, who drove them to his Alton home.

Ian with Michael at the Alton Bridge Hotel before lunch.

Ian was able to brief Michael about a range of issues regarding Tristan and, in turn, Michael updated Ian on various Tristan Association matters.  The pair then went to the nearby Alton Bridge Hotel where discussion continued over a  very enjoyable lunch.

Later in the afternoon we drove in pouring rain (Typical Tristan weather) to the station to be dropped off for Ian's return to Manchester.

Ian later commented:

"On behalf of the Tristan community I would like to thank Michael and the Association for all the support they are giving, especially with the Tristan Education Trust Fund."

This fund is a UK registered charity that exists to give grants to support Tristan da Cunha islanders who are studying overseas.