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Jul 10, 2013

British High Commisioner retiring but BATSUB reemerging

Patrick Ashworth

Patrick Ashworth, better known as Pat, has been a public officer in the United Kingdom from 1971 when he started as the F.C.O. in the Finance Department. And after a brief period as Acting High Commissioner in 2008, Ashworth took up his appointment as High Commissioner to Belize in June 2009.  He leaves the country in August and spoke about his departure and an eventual reemergence of BATSUB in Belize.


H.E. Pat Ashworth, British High Commissioner

“First of all I wanna thank you very much for arranging this impressive display of English weather for me. I would be leaving unfortunately at the beginning of August and I will be having quite a lot more of this only at the temperature of twenty degrees Celsius less. This is good training for me anyway. I had the great pleasure of accompanying the Prime Minister back in the U.K. about two weeks ago now and one of the call were made that was on one of the armed forces in the U.K. who was very very positive about the future of BATSUB and how we hope to build it up again in about eighteen months time when we draw down our forces in Afghanistan.  So it’s very probable that we may have to borrow some of your Bedford four tonner back some time in the future General. But I anticipate in eighteen months to two years will be flying once again. Or perhaps I shouldn’t say flying because it immediately make people think about the twenty-five flight and the helicopters. So I really am pleased to do this. We’ve had an excellent relationship with the B.D.F. We’ve done a lot of training; I know that the B.D.F. misses the BATSUB being here in numbers. We have something to look forward to in the future but right now, right here it really does gives us great pleasure to so this demonstrating once again that BATSUB, the British Government, High Commissioner does stand shoulder to shoulder with the B.D.F. So thank you very much indeed.”


Ashworth and his wife Pauline have one son and one daughter. His appointment in Belize is his last diplomat assignment since he is retiring from the British Foreign Service.  His successor is another career diplomat, Peter Hughes.H.E. Pat Asworth, British High Commissioner


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