Celebrating GREAT Britain in Canada
DR. ANDREW POCOCK the British High Commissioner to Canada, and Alex Budden the British Consul General in Vancouver at the GREAT British Breakfast on May 24.
VANCOUVER British Consulate staff – along with Virgin Atlantic Airways Chairman Sir Richard Branson – put their best foot forward on the morning of the GREAT British Breakfast held in Vancouver on May 24.
SIR RICHARD Branson was a surprise special guest at the breakfast. He was in town to launch the inaugural Virgin Atlantic Airways flight between YVR and London Heathrow.
THE British High Commissioner to Canada Dr. Andrew Pocock and Vancouver Consul General Alex Budden with the flash dancers at YVR.
VANCOUVER – The British High Commission and the British Consulate Generals in Vancouver and Toronto celebrated Great Britain in Canada last month.
In addition to a number of public events, the British Consulates General in Vancouver and Toronto exploring everything that makes Britain great with high-level government, business, academic and media guests at a GREAT British Breakfast in Vancouver, and a Great Britain Gala reception in Toronto.
In Vancouver, British High Commissioner to Canada, Dr. Andrew Pocock, and British Consul General Alex Budden welcomed over 250 guests to a delicious English breakfast on the morning of May 24.
Guests were entertained by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, witnessed a special sneak peak of the Flash Mob performance [which appeared later that day at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)] and had the chance to meet their surprise special drop in guest – Sir Richard Branson!
Sir Richard was in town to launch the inaugural Virgin Atlantic flight between Vancouver and London Heathrow.
The new service will operate four times a week on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Initially the service will run throughout the summer up until October 27 and will see up to 40,000 Virgin Atlantic customers travelling between London and Vancouver in the first season.
The purpose of the GREAT campaign was to invite the world to take a fresh look at everything Britain has to offer.
It centred on areas of British excellence in technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, knowledge, green, heritage, sport, shopping, music and countryside.
The aim was to send out a clear message that Britain is one of the very best places in the world to visit, live, work, study, invest and do business.
For more about what Britain has to offer, visit the British High Commission's website at: http://ukincanada.fco.gov.uk or follow it on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ukincanada.