Local Community News

LOYAL CROSS-SOLENT TRAVELLER RECOGNISED BY WIGHTLINK

Loyal traveller Gary Theobald is presented with travel vouchers at Lymington by Wightlink Port Operations Lead Joe Van Aswegen

Wightlink has congratulated customer Gary Theobald for notching up 35 years travelling from Yarmouth to Lymington to work at the Regent Centre in Christchurch.

Staff surprised the season ticket holder as he arrived at Lymington to cross the Solent with his partner Pat and handed over a travel voucher to say thanks for his loyalty over the years.

Gary revealed his link with the route started even earlier as he began commuting to the mainland in August 1976 after graduating from university. He remembers he first crossed from Yarmouth on the MV Freshwater, which was retired from service in 1984.

Article continues below this advertisement

Daryl Palmer, Wightlink’s Operations Director, says:

“We’ve calculated Gary must have crossed the Solent more than 20,000 times during those 43 years. As the crossing is three miles long, that means he’s travelled more than 60,000 miles. We are delighted he has chosen to travel on this route and appreciate his loyalty.”

According to Gary…

“The best thing about commuting from Yarmouth to Lymington is that it is a friendly route with ever-cheerful and helpful staff. I have also met a lot of wonderful people over the years who have travelled with me as fellow commuters and who are always good for a chat and a laugh on the way home.

“Finally, it is by far the prettiest route with the birdlife on the Lymington River marshes, the view to the Needles and Western approaches and the old Georgian town of Yarmouth, which are all still a delight to see even after all of these years.”

Article continues below this advertisement

Gary’s colleagues at the Regent Centre also treated him to a surprise party to mark the anniversary.

The views/opinions expressed in these comments are solely those of the author and do not represent those of Island Echo. House rules on commenting must be followed at all times.

5
Comment on this story

avatar
newest oldest most voted
JJohnson
Guest
JJohnson

Wow – 51 crossings PER DAY for 43 years, assuming he travelled every day of every year and never took a holiday. Amazing!

James
Guest
James

Haha, that was my first thought too! I think Mr Palmer might want to get someone to check his working!

Martin
Guest
Martin

don’t get that…. average 43 years x 48 weeks per year and 5 days per week = 10,320 x2 return = 20,640 not 800,000.
I

Golly
Guest
Golly

Hahaha brilliant!! 800,000!!!

Bob
Guest
Bob

Perhaps the 800,000 refers to the percentage rise in the price of a Wightlink ticket

data-matched-content-ui-type="image_card_stacked"

News, Traffic & Travel Tweets