Message to Tristan from Dr Hilary Jones

Two Tristan legends applauded at Westminster reception

Report and photos from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy

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A reception in the lavish Westminster home of the Institute of Civil Engineers provided a moment to celebrate two of Tristan's expat legends.

Tristan reception group meet with UK Overseas Territories Minister David Rutley.
Left to Right: David Rutley MP, Tristan da Cunha Association (TDCA) Treasurer and Membership Secretary Jim Kerr; TDCA Co-Chair John Cooper, Doctor Hilary Jones and Chris Carnegy.

The occasion marked the 14 November 2023 climax of the Joint Ministerial Council. I arranged for TV's Doctor Hilary Jones, who served as medical officer on Tristan, to attend the event. Overseas Territories Minister David Rutley gave him a special mention in his speech, and also acknowledged Jim Kerr, on his retirement as Deputy UK Representative, for his extensive service to Tristan. There was warm applause for both.

UK Overseas Territories Minister David Rutley
gives his keynote speech.
Dr Hilary Jones with
House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle

Doctor Hilary's message to Tristan

Hilary Jones, British TVs most famous real-life doctor, has sent a warm and enthusiastic message to the people of Tristan da Cunha, where he served at the start of his career.

Dr Hilary was the lone Medical Officer on the island at the start of the 1980s. He recalls there were no deaths or births during his year-long posting, but plenty of day-to-day healthcare challenges and also some veterinary ones (including a struggle to put-down a dog that refused to die). He went on to star as ITV's on-screen medical expert, and is the author of several books about health.

Attending an Overseas Territories reception in London, he kindly recorded a a message for islanders, describing the fun he experienced on Tristan and saying "I love you" and "I miss you". His passion for Tristan shone through.

RSPB's Andy Schofield presents Dr Hilary with his Tristan da Cunha tie.
Dr H says he'll wear it on ITV's 'Lorraine' show soon!
Dr Hilary's message to his friends and ex-patients on Tristan da Cunha.