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‘Love at first sight’ for Bermuda for repeat visitors Bill and Trish Huestis

Frequent visitor Bill Huestis celebrated his 70th birthday in Bermuda this week — on what was quite possibly his 70th visit to the Island.

Mr Huestis and his wife Trish have been coming to Bermuda since 1968, and have managed to squeeze in two trips a year since the Wall Street broker retired.

We just love it here,” said Mr Huestis said, adding that he has calculated the couple have been here between 70 and 80 occasions.

“To be honest, we’ve lost track so when we get back home we’re going to dig out all our old passports and see if we can find out the exact number.”

Mrs Huestis first visited Bermuda as an air hostess for Eastern Airlines. When she met her husband she introduced him to the delights of the Island and a love affair blossomed.

“It was love at first sight and, with the exception of four or five years when we tried other places, we’ve always come here,” Mr Huestis said.

“We love the fact that we can fly in the morning and be in the pool or having lunch here by 1pm.”

Mr Huestis said that the warmth of Bermudians was another asset that made Bermuda so special, and that the couple had made many friends on the Island since their first visit.

“The people here are so lovely and the atmosphere is so comfortable, it’s like being at home,” the keen golfer said.

Asked how he felt Bermuda had changed in the past 45 years, Mr Huestis said that society used to be more formal.

“Back then, all the men wore a jacket and tie at dinner but now, you walk into a restaurant and people are half-naked,” he said.

The Vietnam War veteran also regretted that violent crime had increased considerably in recent years, noting that, like everywhere else in the world, Bermuda was facing challenges.

The couple, who now live in Virginia, have spent many of their Bermuda holidays at the Surf Side Beach Club in Warwick. This week they were honoured at a party organised by the club’s owners Bryony and Llew Harvey who have, not surprisingly, become great friends with their regular guests.

To mark the occasion of Mr Huestis’s birthday and their countless trips to the Island, the couple were presented with an engraved book of Bermuda by Tourism director William Griffiths.

Repeat visitors Trish and Bill Huestis (second and third from right) are shown with Tourism Director William Griffith (left) and Surf Side Beach Club owners Bryony (second from left) and Llew Harvey (right).

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Published April 27, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 26, 2013 at 11:25 pm)

‘Love at first sight’ for Bermuda for repeat visitors Bill and Trish Huestis

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