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Unanimous vote for tourism chief

Alderney's new States representative for tourism has been unanimously elected by his fellow States members.

John Beaman's post will last until the end of the year.

Mr Beaman is already a member of several States committees and is also the representative for agriculture, open areas, environment and wildlife.

Since moving to Alderney he has worked as a lighthouse tour guide and said he would do his best to promote the island as a tourist destination.

Mr Beaman, who previously lived in the UK on the edge of the Peak District National Park, said: "I am aware of the great diversity of attractions available on Alderney, historic buildings, wildlife, fishing, sailing, golf, and painting.

"I am also aware of the shortcomings of Alderney as a tourist destination.

"I will do my best to help promote Alderney as a tourist destination and hope to work with the tourist board, the Wildlife Trust and local businesses to that end."

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