Island leaves an impression on parliamentarians

By a County Press reporter

Published on Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 12:19


Island leaves an impression on parliamentarians

The latest Wight at Westminster Day left parliamentarians impressed, according to Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner.

MPS and peers who attended the latest Wight at Westminster event were astounded by what the Isle of Wight had to offer, according to MP Andrew Turner, who hosted the event.

The Jubilee Room of the House of Commons was transformed into a tropical garden for the event, dubbed Wightminster, on Tuesday, which was organised by Taste of the Wight with support from Visit Isle of Wight.

Mr Turner said: "This was a great day out for the Isle of Wight.  Last year was pretty amazing, with a dinosaur stopping the traffic on Westminster Bridge, but this year, if anything, was even more impressive.  

"The theme was taken from next year’s marketing push — which is to be 'the Garden Isle’ — and five giant palm trees with many other plants and a giant water-lily pool transformed the Jubilee Room.  

"The event was primarily aimed at travel and food journalists and a number of potential investors on the Island; but the MPs and Peers who came along were absolutely astounded by what the Island had put on.  

"It is a lot of hard work for all involved.  

"I’d like to thank my staff for all they did in supporting the two main partners, Visit Isle of Wight and Taste of the Wight, who pulled everything together. 

"They did an amazing job working with Ventnor Botanic Gardens and a very large number of food and drink producers, including Inns of Distinction, the Garlic Farm, Ventnor Haven Fishery and Briddlesford Lodge Farm.  

"There are just too many people and companies involved to list publicly, but I’d like to thank them all and I’m sure the Island will feel the benefit over the coming months."


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