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Montserrat prepares for St Patrick’s Day celebrations

Brits could be travelling to the Caribbean island of Montserrat as it gears up for the unique St Patrick's Day Festival

More Brits could be travelling to the Caribbean island of Montserrat as it gears up for the unique St Patrick’s Day Festival between March 14th and 21st.

Montserrat is the only country other than Ireland to designate St Patrick’s Day a public holiday, with the week-long celebrations on the island offering an interesting blend of Irish and African cultures.

Martin Healy, an Irish musician, will be flying to Montserrat for the third year in a row to take part in this year’s celebrations.

He said that the island’s population "have the same welcoming and friendly attitude" one expects to find in Ireland.

"They appreciate that people have travelled great distances to visit their beautiful country and they are genuinely friendly, which is what keeps drawing me back," he said.

Among the planned events is the Kite Festival, an Irish cabaret performance and a number of music concerts.

People interested in booking flights to Montserrat have to fly to Antigua, from where they can catch a further flight or ferry.

The island has 21 miles of impressive coastline and is ten miles long and seven miles wide.

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