Slick Guernsey wins unanimously

IT WAS always a formality but the idea of Guernsey staging the 2021 NatWest Island Games did not raise a single murmur when the vote was taken in Visby in Gotland on Saturday.

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The Guernsey 2021 bid chairperson Dame Mary Perkins signs the contract to host the Island Games in five years' time.

After a short, professional promotional video presented by Dame Mary Perkins, the 56 delegates present at the annual International Island Games Association meeting were asked if they had any questions.

The room fell silent and soon all 56 delegates voted Guernsey to stage the Games for a third time.

Brian Allen, chairman of the Guernsey Island Games Association, admitted he felt pride in the highest regard and trust the IIGA fraternity clearly hold for Guernsey.

‘Obviously it gives us a real buzz feeling that everybody wants to come to Guernsey. That’s lovely,’ said Allen, who had spent several days in Gotland with colleague Jon Marley inspecting facilities for next year’s Games.

  • More in Monday’s Guernsey Press.