Of all those who will have a lump in their throat seeing Club Med crumble to the ground, Michael E Jones could be forgiven for being the most emotional.
As a student, Mr. Jones spent a summer helping to build the Holiday Inn, as it was originally known. Later, he worked as caller for the hotel's famous bingo evenings.


It'll all come tumbling down: An old washing machine has been hauled out of the Club Med building in readiness for Monday's implosion. *Photos by Jamie MacMillan

Mr. Jones, a former mayor and town crier for St. George's, also went abroad to help sell Bermuda's tourism product, including hotel rooms at Club Med. He said: "It's come full circle for me. I helped build it, then worked in it, and later went off to help sell it. Now I'm back and I will be watching it go down on Monday."
Mr. Jones is acting as a local representative for developers who hope to replace Club Med with a Park Hyatt hotel. He said: "So now I'm involved in the effort to replace it. That full circle. All this has happened in one lifetime. It's interesting, because it's something that could have happened over several generations." Mr. Jones said that during the 1970s, the hotel was a "vibrant" part of St. George's life.


Tunnel vision: Some of the structures adjacent to the main hotel building pre-date the resort.

He said that the Sunday brunch, and bingo afterwards, were the highlight of the week for hundreds of people. He said of the implosion on Monday: "It will be a personal loss for me. I have so many vivid memories from that time - so many friends who I met staying there.
"I can't remember what the town was like before it was there. But I won't be sad. The hotel has become an eyesore and I'm looking forward to it being replaced. This is the first step, the first huge step, towards a new future for St. Georges."
Look for coverage of the implosion on the Bermuda Sun's website on Monday: www.bermudasun.bm


The last waltz: A couple of decades have passed since anyone went clubbing at Club Med.