Two volunteers who marshalled at last month’s Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally will shortly be arriving in the island for this year’s Sol Rally Barbados, courtesy of the Barbados Rally Club and the Tourism Development Corporation.
The prize trip includes return flights from London Gatwick on Virgin Atlantic Airways, accommodation and shared rental car for the duration.
Circuit manpower manager Raymond Linton made the draw during a debrief in Lisburn last week, when the lucky winners were confirmed as Ian Connolly from County Londonderry and Kevin Flanagan from County Monaghan; neither could quite Connolly said: “I was gobsmacked. I was doing some work on the computer for another rally, when I received the call from Raymond. He told me I’d won a prize in the marshals’ draw. I immediately thought I’d won a hat or something like that but when he told me I’d won the trip to Barbados, I couldn’t believe it!”
Fellow prize-winner Flanagan, a veteran of more than 30 years as a volunteer, said he had actually been looking at going to Barbados, having met some guys who were involved in the rally.
“So winning the prize is a dream come true,” he said.
Sol Rally Barbados is organised by the Barbados Rally Club and this year marks the 25th anniversary of the club’s annual International All-Stage Rally.