It is with much sadness that I have to inform you that “Baron Von Applejack – The Shadow Minister For Putting Things In Cid-er” has recently passed away at the early age of 56 years.
William “Bill” Findlay was a staunch member of the Monster Raving Loony Isles Of Deliberation Party and was extremely well liked in Jersey. He was an international businessman and spent much of his time abroad starting or buying companies. When we held the Official Monster Raving Loony Party Conference in the Island in 2007 it was he who acquired all the wine that was given as a gift.
For those of you who attended you will remember that you were given a bottle of red and a bottle of white wine. I designed the labels for the “Chateau Loony 2008” with the date to confuse everyone! It was also Bill who so generously paid the 1,000 pounds to bring over the Savages to play for us all in the Omaroo Hotel. What a cracking evening they gave us – though sadly Boney Maroney never allowed them to play at a conference again. Very curious.
When “Uncle Fester” – David Buxton organised the conference at Great Torrington a crew from Jersey flew over for it. Bill suddenly appeared at the airport to come too. He had been in tense business meetings all week and that morning he got so fed up with it all that he handed over to his Vice President, legged it to the airport, bought a ticket and boarded the plane. He only had the clothes he stood up in – no bags or anything else! How’s that for party loyalty?
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