People diving by K& S Auto Service Ltd on Saturday September 21, might have wondered why there were red and blue balloons floating around gas pumps, why there was DJ music blaring from loud speakers and why there was a gathering of people giving the place an atmosphere of celebration.
For the owner, Percy Albury and his son Shannon, who managed the service station since 1983, it was effectively an occasion worth celebrating: thirty years of successful family business in Marsh Harbour. On September 23, 1983 to be precise, Percy Albury recalled opening the doors of K&S Auto Service Ltd, at the corner of Don Mackay Boulevard and Forest Drive. It was much smaller then, he explained, as most of the repair warehouses were added over the years.
While a bartender offered drinks, heaps of marinated chicken and ribs were being grilled by Henry Dawkins. As the afternoon wore off, more guests arrived partaking of the libations and socializing. Mr. Shannon Albury walked about from the front shop to the party grounds, talking to friends and making sure everything was under control.
The September 21 party was not the only demonstration of appreciation for patrons. Special give-away prizes had been drawn each Saturday for three weeks preceding the anniversary party. People spending $10 or more for gasoline could enter their names for a prize drawing. The first drawing for a 46″ television that was won by Mr. David Sands took place on September 7.
The following Saturday, a lucky customer, Norma Seymour, went home with a Samsung Galaxy S4.
Two drawings took place on the day of the party, the first one for an iPad 2, the second for a trip for two people to either New York, Atlanta or Miami, including a 4 days/ 3 nights stay in a hotel. On that last drawing day, a huge plastic bag containing hundreds of tickets was on display in the office of the gas station. At 6:00 pm, the deadline for the drawing, Mr. Shannon Albury drew the two winning tickets under the watchful eyes of his father. The iPad 2 was won by Mr. Devis Mercius of Dundas Town.
The winner of the grand prize, Mr. Errol Thurston, also from Dundas Town, was immediately contacted. He arrived a few minutes later to claim his prize, a large grin on his face, on time to be congratulated by the MP for North Abaco, Mr. Renardo Curry.