Honeymoon Hotel

When Ron and Shirley were planning their honeymoon 50 years ago, little did they dream that they'd be part of a piece of history.

But in that spring of 1956, hundreds of young men and women found themselves lured to the Island of Love, as Jersey became known.

They were offered a year's tax break, to escape to sunnier climes and to be photographed together on the steps of the Merton - quickly dubbed the 'honeymoon hotel'.

Fifty years on, many of them tell their stories.

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When Ron and Shirley were planning their honeymoon 50 years ago, little did they dream that they'd be part of a piece of history.

But in that spring of 1956, hundreds of young men and women found themselves lured to the Island of Love, as Jersey became known.

They were offered a year's tax break, to escape to sunnier climes and to be photographed together on the steps of the Merton - quickly dubbed the 'honeymoon hotel'.

Fifty years on, many of them tell their stories.