Hidden Gems17 May, 2013
Jonathan “Jonty” Crosse was born and educated in the United Kingdom and first arrived in Bahrain for a holiday in July 1972 aged 13. His father, Tony, had just joined, the then, national carrier of the Gulf, “Gulf Aviation” the predecessor to Gulf Air, as a pilot flying Fokker Friendships (F27) then VC10’s, and ultimately the ‘5 Star’ Tristar L1011.
Up until the end of 1987, when Tony retired, Jonty’s mother, Patsy, made Bahrain home for her family at a time when infrastructure was not what it is today and services were more basic. In spite of the challenges, she was able in 1974, along with Sheikha Lulwa Al Khalifa of the Children and Mothers Welfare Society, to establish “Hope House” Bahrain’s first home for the orphaned and handicapped, for whic...