With reference to Roy Vaughan’s and Peter King’s letters in the April and June 2015 issues of Sea Breezes, I have recently returned from Suva on my bi-annual trip home.
I have, since the early 1950s, when my parents and grandparents took me to lunch and dinner there, sadly, over the years, witnessed the decay of this venerable “Old Lady of Suva”. I am pleased to say that, due to the massive investment of funds by the Papua New Guinea National Superannuation Fund (50%), Lamana Group (25%) and the Fiji National Provident Fund (25%) the GPH has been restored to its former glory, if not better.
It only remains to be seen if it can survive in a very cut-throat hotel market in Fiji, let alone Suva, which is not a great attraction for your average tourist to Fiji - it is only a place of affection for the locals and those born there, or wayward seafarers. Gerald Barrack is still about, didn’t meet him this time back, we were both at the Suva Boys Grammar School which was then located some 500 odd yards from the GPH.
One of my colleagues who subscribes to Sea Breezes, noticed your letters and forwarded same to me. I am ex MN, a R/O for 12 years then at Portishead Radio for 25 years.