A RHYL couple is gearing up for a life-changing move to one of the most remote islands on earth.
In August, Paul and Beverley Tyson will be moving to St Helena, a tiny island in the South Atlantic Ocean, for two years after Beverly landed herself a job as an education officer setting up a programme of marine science.
Beverley, aged 34, who has an MSc in marine biology and teaches science at Denbigh High School, said: “I’m thrilled, as well as slightly blown away that I've landed my absolute dream job.”
Beverley and former Rhyl High School pupil Paul, who recently moved to Mold after living in Rhyl together for five years, will be moving to the island with their two children, Oliver, six, who attended Ysgol Llywellyn, and Charlie, three.
First they will travel to Heathrow in London to fly out to South Africa and will then face a one-week ship journey to the island, famous as the location where Napoleon was exiled to.
Beverley added: “We are all excited to be experiencing such an adventure. There is definitely an added element of trepidation, because our lives will be so different, and in many ways we don't know what to expect when we are over there.
“As a family we will have to get used to having less or different choices in many aspects of life, from what we want to eat, to where we go out for the day. This will of course be countered by being able to have valuable family time together, taking boat trips out to spot the Whale Sharks or trekking to the heart shaped waterfall.
“The boys will be able to be children away from the pressures so many children have to grow up so quickly here.”
Paul, 33, who is currently curator and education manager of live centres (aquarium and Bughouse) at the World Museum in Liverpool, is hoping to speak to the development officers on the Island to propose building a small aquaculture training facility that would support the local fishing industry and the Marine Science Education courses that Beverley will be developing, as well as delivering some of the modules of her course.
The small island is 1,200 miles from the coast of Africa, is only 16 by eight kilometres and, with a population of just 4,255, has fewer people than Rhyl.
Beverley said: “St Helena is surrounded by ocean for hundreds of miles all around so it provides many opportunities to study the marine world. It is such a remote island that there are thought to be a huge number of undiscovered species.
“We will inevitably miss our family and friends a great deal and despite our parents being hugely supportive.
“I know they will miss the boys enormously. I will also miss seeing my tutor group through their Year 11 at school, and seeing them off at their prom.”