A CROSSHOUSE businessman stranded by the volcanic ash crisis is taking it all in his stride.
Laidback Harry Fullarton, who works in the liquefied natural gas industry, is sitting out the travel turmoil in a luxury hotel on the Caribbean island of St Lucia.
But although he’s in a sunshine paradise Harry, a married father of two, said he can’t wait to get back home to his wife, Jan, and his family, especially little grand-daughter, three-year-old Lucy.
Harry, 54, who works for a month at a time in Point Fortin, Trinidad, has been trying to get home since last Friday when his latest four-week stint at work came to an end.
His British Airways flight left Trinidad, but only made it as far as St Lucia, just an hour’s flight away, and he’s been in a hotel in Almond Morgan Bay in the northwest of the island ever since.
Said Harry: “I can think of worse places to be stranded to be honest.
“The only thing is that I’m here on my own surrounded by people getting married and on their honeymoon, as well as families on holiday.
“I’ve been getting asked every day if I’m dining alone, but now the staff know me, they are making a joke of it.
“It is a beautiful place, and I’m being looked after well, so I can’t really complain. And if the family were with me, I would stay for a month!”
BA, who have a staff base on St Lucia, are keeping Harry informed with daily updates, and are picking up the hotel tab.
Harry added: “BA have done everything in their power to help me. I get daily updates through the hotel and they are paying for everything while I’m here. It’s just one of those things, and although it’s frustrating to be stuck, at least I’m in an amazing place like this.”