A KINCARDINE couple had a holiday to remember after spending part of it rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.

Most people come back from holiday with snaps showing them relaxing on sun-drenched beaches, or sipping the odd poolside cocktail.

But Pauline Douglas, Head of Operations for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and her husband Trevor Docherty spent part of their dream holiday in Barbados chatting with the Island’s Prime Minister Freundel Stuart as his guests at reception in his official residence.

The reception was part of the programme to mark the 50th Anniversary of Barbados Independence, and in particular the contribution visitors make to the Island’s economy.

Pauline and Trevor, who live in Kincardine, said the reception was an unusual and enjoyable highlight of their visit.

Pauline said: “We love Barbados, but we never expected it would lead to us being guests of the Prime Minister.

“He was absolutely charming as he told us that Barbados is expecting a Royal visitor later in the year and that one of the biggest events will be a special honour for the country’s only living National Hero, Sir Garfield Sobers, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in July”.

Pauline added: “I offered to pop out regularly if the Government needed any advice, but sadly, my expertise in helping coalfields communities is not in too much demand in that part of the world.”