I BEAT 20m TO LAND LAST pounds 10 SEATS ON CONCORDE; Joe grabs bargain of a lifetime.Supersonic su·per·son·ic
1. Having, caused by, or relating to a speed greater than the speed of sound in a given medium, especially air.
2. Of or relating to sound waves beyond human audibility. Joe Traynor beat 20million people to the last two pounds 10 tickets on Concorde.
Joe and wife Margaret will be among 15 Scots List of Scots is an incomplete list of notable people from Scotland. Actors (see also humorists)
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They beat off competition from all over the world to win one of the 190 places in a special British Airways British Airways
in full British Airways PLC
International passenger airline based in London. In 1936 British Airways Ltd. was founded through the merger of three smaller airlines. offer.
They include a doctor who doesn't like flying and a health worker who couldn't think who to take with him.
The airline offered people the chance to fly to New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of on the supersonic jet for pounds 10 return - instead of the normal pounds 5400.
The offer marked the tenth anniversary of BA's move into the private sector. Callers had to ring a special hotline - and pray they got through.
But dad-of-three Joe, 45, of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, almost lost out. He didn't realise he would need a credit card to pay for the tickets.
Joe had to keep a BA operator hanging on as he searched in vain vain
adj. vain·er, vain·est
1. Not yielding the desired outcome; fruitless: a vain attempt.
2. Lacking substance or worth: vain talk.
3. for Margaret's plastic.
He tried to use son Paul's card, only to find it was unnacceptable.
Then his mobile phone batteries began to fade.
It was only when pal Martin Friskey stepped in with HIS credit card that the deal was finally done.
Beaming Joe said yesterday: "I've never won a thing in my life and I'm just over the moon to have won this."
Joe and Margaret, 44, will fly out first class on Concorde on Tuesday and will return two days later.
He reckons it will be a perfect late Valentine's gift for Margaret.
Joe, a salesman, said: "I'd like to stay in the Trump Plaza Trump Plaza is a name associated with several buildings in the Trump Empire
Dr John Leonard John Leonard may refer to:
The GP doesn't like flying - but his wife Linda and his daughters had no intention of taking to the air. So Dr Leonard will be taking his brother on Concorde as his "minder".
He said: "It's fair to say flying is not a favourite occupation of mine. I am slightly uneasy about it - but it will not stop me going.
"In the end I put my brother's name forward because he flies to America regularly, so I thought he would be able to keep my nerves under control.
"The only way I could go to New York would be on Concorde - but I thought I would have to win the lottery lottery, scheme for distributing prizes by lot or other method of chance selection to persons who have paid for the opportunity to win. The term is not applicable when lots are drawn without payment by the interested parties to determine some matter, e.g. before that happened."
Health service worker Murali Murugasu, 28, from Glasgow, was another lucky caller Caller may refer to one of the following:
He couldn't think of anyone to take with him.
Murali said: "I didn't have time to tell anyone or ring them up so I will have to spend the time on my own.
"I am doing it just for the sheer experience of going on Concorde."
Widow Sarah Dickson, 66, from Inverness Inverness, town, Scotland
Inverness (ĭn'vərnĕs`), town (1991 pop. 39,736), Highland, N Scotland, on the Moray Firth at the mouth of the Ness River. , and her daughter Louise, 24, will also be flying high on the exclusive plane.
Sarah said: "I didn't think we had a hope in hell.
"I have always wanted to go to New York but the main thing is to go on Concorde. I would never have been able to afford it, so this is great.
"Knowing my daughter, we will be round all the big fashion shops, but I want to see all the sights."
British Airways were baffled why so many Scots got lucky.
A spokeswoman said: "It was a good proportion, considering it was a worldwide promotion.
"The people who have got the tickets are from literally all over the word - from Basildon to Bombay."