1. ITV Report

Seneschal of Sark sends condolences to Beaumont family on behalf of islanders

The Seneschal of Sark has formally announced the death of the island's Seigneur, John Michael Beaumont OBE.

In a written statement Mr Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman described the 88-year-old's death as 'unexpected.'

His statement read;

It is with deep sorrow that I announce the death of the Seigneur of Sark, John Michael Beaumont, O.B.E, peacefully at home at La Petite Seigneurie, Sark.

Mr Beaumont leaves behind his wife, Diana, and sons Christopher and Anthony and I extend our deep felt condolences on behalf of the people of Sark to them and the wider family.

– Mr Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman, Seneschal of Sark
Michael and Diana Beaumont, April 2016 Credit: ITV Channel

Meanwhile, His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder said that he and Lady Corder were said to be 'extremely sorry to hear the sad news' and have expressed their deepest sympathies for Diana and the family.

Mr Beaumont's son, Major Christopher Beaumont, succeeds Michael as Seigneur.