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A chilling experience for visiting delegates

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WHEN they packed for a trip to Jersey, some of the delegates at the 9th annual Commonwealth Youth Parliament knew it would be colder weather than they were used to back home...

Delegates from slightly warmer climates experience freezing temperatures and snow. From left: Adrian Stewart from Cayman Islands, Krystal Hoyte from Barbados, Ade O'Neal from Barbados, Maram Bayad from Australia, Joseph Kashiba from Zambia, Vershina Forbes from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Picture: ROB CURRIE (20798646)

What they probably did not plan for was one of the coldest spells the Island has seen in a long time – and snow.

This week a group of delegates from as far afield as the Caribbean and South Pacific gathered in the Royal Square following the closing of the event, which was moved to Jersey after Hurricane Irma devastated the British Virgin Islands.

The group had been due to visit Mont Orgueil Castle before heading to the Airport, however the weather led to the trip being cancelled. A number of delegates also faced delays to flights because of the snow.

Among those who had attended the event was 20-year-old Ashneil Jeffers (20) from Montserrat, a British colony off the coast of Antigua. His visit to the British Isles is the first time he has ever left the Caribbean.

He said the cold weather had been a shock to the system, and not one he had managed to get used to during his five days in Jersey. ‘I can’t believe in the sun anymore, literally my body is so confused,’ he said.

Lucy Stephenson

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