A Bedfield couple shot in Barbados last year say they have enjoyed the “holiday of a lifetime” after returning for an all-expenses paid trip to the island.
Phil and Ann Prior, who were both shot during a robbery on March 17, 2013, spent a fortnight in Barbados during March, after an offer from the Barbados Tourism Authority.
The couple stayed in a luxurious apartment in St Peter’s Bay, enjoyed afternoon tea with the British High Commissioner, and took in three Twenty20 fixtures, with England losing their series with West Indies 2-1. A big cricket fan, Mr Prior met the likes of Sir Wesley Hall, Desmond Haynes, Sir Everton Weekes and others.
“The fact we lost was compensated by the fact we met so many fantastic people,” he said. “They (the Barbados Tourism Authority) really did a fantastic job and gave us the holiday of a lifetime.” He joked: “I would not mind getting shot again to go through that! It really was a fantastic holiday and they did us so proud. It was quite overwhelming. Everybody was so kind and so concerned, and so very, very happy that we had gone back, but for us, it did not hold any fear or trepidation.”
Commenting on the shooting, he added: “It is just about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It can happen anywhere. It should not change attitudes to certain locations.”
The couple also drove past the spot of the incident. Mr Prior said that the subsequent sentencing of Junior Orlando Hunte, who the Diss Express understands is serving a lengthy prison sentence, brought them closure, especially for Mrs Prior.
“It did bring back memories and I think for Ann it was not something I necessarily wanted to do. I think she feels closure has been obtained.”
A cruise around a number of locations the couple had not visited before, included St Lucia, Dominica and Antigua. Mr Prior added they hoped to return to the island soon.