Palma.—Having started off his tour on Tuesday morning by visiting the Majorca Daily Bulletin for talks with senior staff on the newspaper and directors and the chairman of the Grup Serra publishing media organisation, Gwatkin then went on to meet the Central Government Delegate to the Balearics, Teresa Palmer, on Tuesday afternoon. And yesterday morning, The Consul General from Barcelona who is now responsible for the Balearics, met the President of the Balearics for talks at the Consolat de Mar government headquarters.

On Tuesday, Gwatkin, who is also in charge of a large commercial department in Barcelona, made it clear that while the welfare of British residents and visitors to the Balearics is his and his team's primary concern, he is also interested in boosting commercial ties between Balearic and British companies.

This would have been welcomed by Bauza whose government is very open to international private investment in the Balearics to help the region over come the current financial crisis which is not only restricting the local business sector, but also the government's public spending power.

Abrey farewell party
Gwatkin, who has made it clear he has every confidence in the team at the British Consulate in Palma, will be available to pop over to the Balearics at a moment's notice when needed, be it for social events or professional commitments and is looking forward to the new challenge.

In the meantime, some of the British expatriate community will gather together this Saturday lunchtime to wish the outgoing Consul, Paul Abrey, his wife Mar and their children the best of luck in their new adventures.

The Abrey family will shortly be moving to Toronto in Canada to take up new positions back in the world of finance.
The party which will be held at Mood Beach Bar and Restaurant in Costa D'en Blanes is being organised by some of the local associations as their way of saying thank you to Abrey.

Mood has been the venue for the last three years for the annual British Summer party which is hosted by the Consul to mark HM Queen Elizabeth's official birthday
Mrs Margaret Whittaker OBE, the owner of Mood Beach, has worked very closely with Abrey over the years and is very sorry to see him go. “He's done so much for us that I think many people, including myself, didn't realise. “He has been a fantastic support to the British community here in Majorca and I for one will miss him very much indeed! “So we are taking this opportunity to express our warmest love and thanks to Paul for all he has done for the British living, working and holidaying here in Majorca.” The party on Saturday December 1 is open to everyone to attend and will start at 13.30. Tickets for the party are 25€ (kids half price). This will include welcome cava, half a bottle of wine per person, and one of Mood's famous luxury buffets.

There will be special speeches and presentations during the afternoon, and don't forget your hanky as there may be a few tears too! “We're going to give Paul and his family a great send off Majorcan-style, with a great party that we will all remember!” said Mrs Whittaker.  To confirm your attendance please RSVP to info@moodbeach.com by Friday November 30.