Palma.—Yesterday evening, the British Ambassador to Spain, Giles Paxman, hosted a special reception at the Real Club Nautico in Palma to bid the outgoing British Consul Paul Abrey a fond farewell and all the very best in his new post with one of Canada's leading banks in Toronto.

Abrey, who originally came from the private banking sector, left a senior position with Barclays in London to take up the post of British Consul to the Balearics seven years ago and much has changed during Abrey's tenure.

In tribute to Paul Abrey, Giles Paxman has said: “I would like to thank Paul for the huge contribution that he has made as Consul in the Balearics, as well as to our wider Spanish and Southern European consular networks. He has been one of the key drivers in improving our consular services, and has successfully managed one of the busiest British Consulates in the world for the past seven years.” Last night Paul Abrey paid tribute to his highly professional team at the Consulate, the Spanish authorities for all their cooperation and the British community at large for its support. “Some say everything comes in seven year cycles and maybe they are right. My seven years here have been fantastic and I feel extremely privileged to have served 22 million British holiday makers and 50'000 British residents during that time. Seven years ago I decided to join the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to give something back to a country I love deeply and I am greatly satisfied to have been able to have done that thanks to my dedicated team,” Abrey said.

A host of local dignitaries, including the central Government Delegate to the Balearics, the Chairman of the Grup Serra, Pedro A. Serra, which publishes the Bulletin, its editor Jason Moore and leading lights of the international community turned out to wish Abrey all the very best for the future.