Snowbirds fly home

David Hawes and Pam Hawes have just returned from wintering in Florida where they were given an award for being 'snowbirds' from furthest away. They also celebrate their golden wedding anni on April 4 ANL-140326-165023001
David Hawes and Pam Hawes have just returned from wintering in Florida where they were given an award for being 'snowbirds' from furthest away. They also celebrate their golden wedding anni on April 4 ANL-140326-165023001

Retired Manea farmers Pam and David Hawes have returned home after wintering as ‘snowbirds’ in Florida.

The tradition of flying south for the winter is normally held by retirees living in Canada and the northern states of America, but the Hawes decided to do the same after chatting with some Canadians last year.

David and Pam have been visiting Destin in Florida for 17 years, as their daughter lives near there, but this is the first time they have spent the whole winter there.

They returned just a couple of weeks ago, just in time to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on April 4.

And while in Destin, they were presented with an award for being the snowbirds from furthest away and were featured in the local news. They were in fact the only English couple ever to be snowbirds in Destin.

Pam said: “It’s been quite a different kind of holiday. They are very nice people and we would definitely like to go back next year.”