Who got stranded and where because of that pesky volcano in Iceland.
The ash has settled from the volcanic eruption in Iceland and now the stories are flooding through from those in the jewellery industry who were left stranded as Britain became a no-fly zone.
Luckily no one at Professional Jeweller was affected by the cancelled flights, or should that be unluckily? Personally, I think a few extra days somewhere nice and hot would have done us the world of good, but hey.
Others, however, failed to escape the wrath of Eyjafjallajökull.
Clogau Gold head of global sales David Butler was left stranded in Europe in eight days. Poor old David had to spend more than a week imprisoned in the inhospitable surrounds of the Val d’Isere ski resort.
It seems that Val d’Isere was so tough that David resorted to taking a taxi home. Yes, a taxi. All the way from France. We hear this little jaunt cost him a pretty £2,500. And all just to get back to work at Clogau. Good effort!
Stephen Webster was stuck Stateside after visiting a trade show. Unfortunately taxis don’t work too well on water so instead Stephen rode out the time in true Webster style by making friends with the locals and heading to the gun range to learn how to shoot. That’s a bit more rock ‘n’ roll than hanging about in the departures lounge.
Lesley Moore at Chamilia was also grounded in the US. She made it home safely after managing to board a flight a week later.
Any more volcano disaster stories, post a comment below.
And for more on how the volcanic ash affected UK jewellery retailers and wholesalers check out the June edition of Professional Jeweller magazine. If you’ve not signed up for your free subscription yet, get on it. Just fill out the form on this site.