Suffolk dairy farmers' lifetime dream to move to the Channel Islands delayed by Covid-19

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A couple from Suffolk who hoped to travel to the Channel Islands to be Sark's new dairy farmers have had to delay moving due to coronavirus.

Katharine and Jason Salisbury won a competition to restart the island's dairy industry after it shut down several years ago, and hoped to be there as work on the new dairy began. The couple, who currently run a successful farming business at Creeting St Mary near Ipswich, have twenty years of experience in the field.

The couple currently run a successful dairy business Credit: ITV News Anglia

They cannot currently get to the island due to travel restrictions in Guernsey which also apply to Sark.

They're currently waiting for the go-ahead before making the big move to Sark Credit: ITV News Anglia

Currently the island has embarked on a fundraising effort to find almost £500,000 for the new dairy.  For a small island it's a lot of money, but Jason and Katharine say they intend to build and industry that's robust enough to last for generations to come.

Although they are not set to produce milk until spring next year, both Katharine and Jason are keen to get started on the island and take on the new challenge of setting up the dairy and support the fundraising scheme in place.

Katharine and Jason are keen to get started on reviving the island's dairy industry Credit: ITV News Anglia