Alderney airlift to save Christmas dinners

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A food supplier organised an airlift to get fresh vegetables to Alderney ahead of Christmas.

Strong winds prevented the scheduled cargo vessel from picking up any fresh produce from Jersey on Wednesday.

To replace the service, retailer Sandpiper CI organised a flight to deliver the food to the island on Thursday afternoon.

Area manager Kenny MacDonald said it was an expensive operation, but in the spirit of the holidays.

He said: "It's both unusual and expensive, it's over £1,400 to charter the plane and there's 1,400kg in weight of product going over there so it's a rather large volume.

"The next option for delivery, the next boat, was on Wednesday and given it's an important time of the year and it's Christmas, we felt our customers on the island deserved at least that support."

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