The owners of Oatlands Village have offered a home for the iconic Trislander G-JOEY, known affectionately throughout the Channel Islands simply as “Joey.” Mark Darby, the CEO of Aurigny says: “Aurigny is delighted to have Joey on display at Oatlands Village. We were approached by the attraction’s new owner, Chris Coles, late last summer with his vision for the redeveloped site. His enthusiasm for displaying Joey was infectious and we knew immediately that it was the perfect home for our aircraft. Islanders who love our Trislander will be able to visit whenever they want and the proposal to store Joey undercover is important, because the aircraft must be protected from the elements.”
The owners of Oatlands Village, Chris Coles and Ravenscroft’s Bailiwick Investments, who acquired the property from the administrators six months ago, are hoping to lodge an application for Phase 2, including appropriate shelter as Joey’s new home. It is envisaged that the new courtyard will provide sheltered seating for parents and grandparents and incorporate a children’s play fountain.
Chris Coles says: “I believe that this concept is what islanders, visitors, neighbours and government want; a family destination of exceptional quality that has broad appeal.” Mr Coles says that the vision for ‘Joey’s World’ is ambitious: “We want to reimagine Joey so that he has universal appeal, through books and even film. Joey, alongside his friend, Oaty (from the play barn) will portray an uplifting, inspirational and educational message to young people. We hope that Joey’s World will include a simple simulator so that children can ‘fly' from Guernsey to Alderney and back and have supervised access to the cockpit at certain times.”
Mr Coles is keen to stress that the vision depends upon planning, funding, and sponsorship discussions. More information will be issued in due course once the plans become formalised.