Bey­oncé ru­mours scotched

The Oban Times - - News - SANDY NEIL sneil@oban­times.co.uk

A SU­PERY­ACHT moored at Is­lay and Oban sparked ru­mours that global singing star Bey­oncé was on a visit to the Scot­tish is­lands while on her For­ma­tion world tour.

Mys­tery still sur­rounds the VIPs be­hind the smoked glass of the glam­orous 60m (195ft) Ja­maica Bay, which had been spot­ted in ports close to Bey­oncé’s tour venues.

The lux­ury yacht, which was fly­ing the flag of the Mar­shall is­lands, berthed at Oban’s North Pier last week af­ter vis­it­ing Port Ellen, Belfast and Liver­pool, where the ru­mours first started.

The ar­rival of the 1,100-tonne yacht in Liver­pool co­in­cided with the singer per­form­ing at the Emi­rates in Manch­ester on the same day, July 5.

Liver­pool is the near­est ma­jor port to Manch­ester, and passersby won­dered if ‘Queen Bey’ and her rap­per hus­band Jay Z, ap­par­ently 2016’s high­est- earn­ing celebrity cou­ple, had parked at Liver­pool’s Cruise Liner Ter­mi­nal.

Ru­mours con­tin­ued on so­cial me­dia when, on July 7, the ship ap­peared in Belfast on the banks of the river La­gan, when the Texan star was due to sing at Glas­gow’s Ham­p­den Park, and later at Croke Park in Dublin on July 9.

The yacht was then spot­ted off Kil­naughton Bay, and ru­mours were rife that Bey­oncé was vis­it­ing Is­lay. The Ja­maica Bay drew cu­ri­ous crowds when it moored in Oban on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day, look­ing more suited to the Caribbean than the Firth of Lorn. But the singer was per­form­ing in Ger­many on July 12 and Switzer­land on July 14.

Com­ing ashore, a dis­creet and tanned crew mem­ber re­fused to name those on board, but de­nied it was Bey­oncé. ‘ You wouldn’t recog­nise their faces,’ he said. No- one re­ported see­ing Bey­oncé on or dis­em­bark­ing from the Ja­maica Bay.

The boat, built in 2010 and reg­is­tered in Bikini in the Mar­shall Is­lands, can ac­com­mo­date 12 guests and 15 crew, and fea­tures six state­rooms, teak decks, ma­hogany pan­elling, mar­ble bath­rooms, a gym, li­brary and sun­deck jacuzzi.

The lux­ury yacht Ja­maica Bay.

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