Senator Clarence Dupré

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Clarrie Dupre outside the fish shop in Beresford Street he ran for many years with his brother

Clarence Dupre, known to all as Clarrie, was a post-2nd World War Jersey politician, best known for overseeing the island's tourism industry for many years as president of the Tourism Committee. He eventually lost his seat as a Senator but was returned to the House as a Deputy and was again elected Tourism president.

When not on States business Clarrie Dupre was always to be found at the edge of the pavement outside his open-fronted fishmonger's shop at 11 Beresford Street, which he and his brother ran jointly after the death of their father.

After retiring from politics Clarence Dupre was elected a Jurat of the Royal Court in 1982.

Recollections

Jerripedia editor Mike Bisson joined the Jersey Evening Post as a reporter in 1969, when Senator Dupre was one of the most senior and respected of Jersey's politicians. He recalls:

"Clarrie's shop was just round the corner from the newspaper's Charles Street offices and from my first days as a reporter I used to stop and talk to him whenever I was en route to the Police Court, States Building, or other town locations. That meant that Clarrie and I came into contact on most days and I came to know him not only as a wonderful source of information on what was going on in the States, but also as a friend.
"For some reason he took to me as a junior reporter and was happy to feed me with all the current gossip, which gave me many front-page exclusives. It also led to invitations to accompany the Jersey party on official Tourism Committee delegations here and there, and I soon learned what a tireless worker Clarrie was on behalf of the island's tourism industry."
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