The President of the States of Alderney has sent a letter to the editor of the Guernsey Press thanking Bailiwick residents for coming to ‘staycation’ on their sister isle.
William Tate said the initiative had provided the opportunity for residents of each island to get to know their Bailiwick cousins a litte better.
‘As the summer draws to a close, in my role as President of the States of Alderney, l wanted to take this opportunity to express our grateful thanks to the members of the Bailiwick community for their incredible support by taking advantage of the innovative “Staycation” programme.
‘Little did we imagine in the dark days of early April that opportunities would present themselves to salvage, in some part, our vital hospitality sector over the summer months.
‘I have had countless accounts from holiday-makers about how enjoyable their time here has been and how friendly they have found us to be.
‘Often we do not fully appreciate what is on our doorstep. This has provided an unrivalled opportunity for both islands to support each other in managing the economic impact of the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic.
‘Many of our community have similarly enjoyed their stays on our sister islands It has also given the Bailiwick community a better idea of “what we are about”. Many friendships have been made and hopefully this will be reflected by many return visits as we move forwards.
‘There is a very strong sense that as a Bailiwick we are “in this together” which encourages us all to make the very best of this unprecedented situation working together for all our futures.
‘We look forward to welcoming our new friends back again and guarantee them that we will continue to do everything in our power to make their stay a memorable one. Thank you one and all.’