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The first plane load of Christmas trippers to fly direct from Coventry to Majorca left
The first plane load of Christmas trippers to fly direct from Coventry to Majorca left yesterday. They could be swimming on Christmas Day and have a turkey dinner on the beach. The 78 holidaymakers were warmly wrapped in winter coats and boots as they waited for their 3.50 pm flight to Palma. But inside their bulging suitcases were all the summer holiday trappings - summery dresses, lightweight suits, sandals and bikinis - all ready to be swapped during their five-day visit. Pamela Foster (19), a secretary at Massye-Ferguson, wasn't too hopeful about the Majorgan temperatures after speaking to a Spanish pilot at the airport. "He told me they were only at 45 deg. F. today." But she added boldly: "I shall go swimming on Christmas Day even if I have to break the ice." Pamela was one of a party of nine people from Alvis Ltd. Coventry, who decided that they wanted and needed a change from the chilly British Christmas. Her mother, Mrs Daisy Foster, from Coundon, Said she was thrilled to be getting away from the kitchen. "We've had Christmas at home for 21 years, so going away like this is going to be a new, and I hope, a refreshing experience." It was Mrs. Lily Pye, of Allesley, a section leader in production control at Alvis, who decided that a change was as good as a rest, and organised the party into trying Majorca. "I'm looking forward to a really traditional English Christmas, " she said, "with lots of turkey and pudding. It's not so much the sunshine I'm going for as just somewhere different to go." Kay Travel Ltd. Nuneaton, arranged the five-day trip at a cost of 36 a head. Our photograph show sisters Pamela (right) and Susan Foster of Coventry, waiting to board the aircraft which will take them to Spain.
23rd December 1970