Today Mark Cecil led the first walk on the Mustique Commonwealth Walkway as part of the celebrations for the Island's 50th anniversary.
The walk started, appropriately, at the Colin Tennant Statue. It was Colin Tennant (Lord Glenconner), who in 1958 arrived on Mustique and bought the island for just £45,000 despite the fact it had no roads, no jetties and no running water. Lord Glenconner's initial ambitions were to see it thrive as a cotton plantation, but these plans did not prove economically viable and he then looked for other ways to develop the island. Having gifted his good friend Princess Margaret a plot in 1960, there was considerable media interest in Mustique as a destination and in 1968 he formed the Mustique Company to develop a private island hideaway for the rich and famous.
The last fifty years has seen Mustique become one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world, where homeowners frequently return and visitors repeatedly rent one of the many private villas that are available throughout the year. Such is the island’s allure that guests come back year after year to visit old friends and embrace the pure escape that Mustique represents – the quintessential private island paradise.
Trust Chairman Hugo Vickers visited Mustique privately earlier in the year and was delighted when The Mustique Company agreed to a Commonwealth Walkway soon after.
Our special thanks to Lady Glenconner, Dora Loewenstein, Mark Cecil, Roger Pritchard and Nic Welch (from The Mustique Trading Company) for helping make it all happen so quickly including the installation of 11 handsome markers.