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Flybe sees top comedian with his fridge off down memory lane

By May 4, 2017January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

Leading regional airline welcomes Devon’s Tony Hawks on board to start his ‘Once More Unto the Fridge’ tour of the island of Ireland

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, this morning (3rd May 2017) welcomed Devon-based best-selling author and comedian, Tony Hawks, to Exeter Airport as he flew off to Belfast to embark on another exciting journey – with a fridge. Tony is recreating his world-famous adventure around the island of Ireland, which begins in Belfast and finishes in Dublin.

Twenty years ago, Tony hit the Sunday Times bestseller list with his novel ‘Round Ireland with a Fridge’, which told the story of how he spent a month hitch-hiking around Ireland, accompanied by just a table-top fridge to win ‘a rather pointless’ £100 bet! The book went on to sell more than 500,000 copies and was later turned into a hit film.

Now, he’s once more heading down memory lane with his icy companion, to seek out the many people who helped him previously on his journey and to acknowledge them in a new book, ‘Once More Unto The Fridge’.

Tony – and fridge – boarded the flight from Exeter to Belfast City airport from where he will start his adventure that will end in Dublin later this summer.  Here, during a ‘Turn the Fridge On! Party’, he will attempt to turn the fridge on to work for the very first time after its long trek.

Jonathan Breedon, Flybe’s Director of Customer Care, said:  ‘Flybe is all about connecting people and communities so we are delighted to have welcome Tony and his fridge on board as they set out on this very special adventure around Ireland.

“It’s absolutely no surprise to us to hear that the many people he met during his previous tour made such a lasting impression on him. The two countries are hugely popular with travellers from right across Europe looking to take in the stunning landscapes and rich cultures.

“From Exeter, it is just a short 80 minute flight into Belfast City Airport, just three miles away from the bustling heart of Northern Ireland’s capital city. From all of us at Flybe, we wish Tony and his ‘fridge all the very best on his travels this summer.”

Tony commented: “My Round Ireland With a Fridge adventure changed how I lived my life. As such, I’m immensely grateful to all those people who sustained my crazy adventure all those years ago. But I’ve never said thank you to them.

“The time has come to change that. I have checked out the notebooks I filled when I hitched around Ireland before and made a list of all the people who helped me. So now I’m going to track each one down and come up with a unique way of thanking them, starting with a thank you to Flybe for helping me fly to Belfast for the start of my travels. Naturally, I’m taking the fridge with me as it’s my lucky charm.”

Those wanting to follow in Tony’s footsteps can fly to Belfast, Cork, Dublin or Knock with Flybe from a total of 15 airports across the UK with one way fares from £24.99. Book now at

For more information about Tony Hawks’ Once More Unto The Fridge tour and book, visit

Image: Tony Hawk