Mold couple ready for life on remote island


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A FAMILY is gearing up to move to one of the most remote islands on earth.

Paul and Beverley Tyson will be moving to St Helena, a tiny island in the South Atlantic Ocean, for two years in August after Beverly landed herself a job as an education officer setting up a programme of marine science.

Beverley and Paul, who live in Mold, will be moving over to the island with their two children, Oliver, six, and Charlie, three.

The tiny island is most famous as the location where French military and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to in 1815. He died there six years later.

Beverley, 34, who has an MSc in Marine Biology and teaches science at Denbigh High School, said: “I’m thrilled, as well as slightly blown away that I’ve landed my absolute dream job.”

First they will travel to Heathrow in London to fly out to South Africa and will then face a one-week ship journey to the island.

Beverley added: “We are all excited to be experiencing such an adventure. There is definitely an added element of trepidation, because our lives will be so different, and in many ways we don’t know what to expect when we are over there.

“As a family we will have to get used to having less or different choices in many aspects of life, from what we want to eat, to where we go out for the day.

“This will of course be countered by being able to have valuable family time together, taking boat trips out to spot the whale sharks or trekking to the heart shaped waterfall.

“The boys will be able to be children away from the pressures so many children have to grow up so quickly here.”

Paul, 33, who is currently curator and education manager of live centres (aquarium and Bughouse) at the World Museum in Liverpool, is hoping to speak to the development officers on the island, to propose building a small aquaculture training facility.

This would support the local fishing industry and Marine Science Education courses Beverley will be developing, as well as delivering some of the modules of her course.

The small island is 1,200 miles from the coast of Africa, is only 16 by eight kilometres and has a population of just 4,255.

Beverley said: “St Helena is surrounded by ocean for hundreds of miles all around so it provides many opportunities to study the marine world.

“It is such a remote island that there are thought to be a huge number of undiscovered species.

“We will inevitably miss our family and friends a great deal and despite our parents being hugely supportive I know they will miss the boys enormously. I will also miss seeing my tutor group through their year 11 at school and seeing them off at their prom.”

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