Queen Visiting Scilly Today

The Queen and Prince Philip visit Scilly for the first time in 44 years today.

Scilly’s MP Andrew George will greet her as part of the welcoming committee as the Queen arrives on the Royal Train at Penzance Railway Station before she flies over here.

When she arrives at the airport she’ll be met by the Chairman of the Council, Mike Hicks and Chief Executive, Philip Hygate, before being introduced to the airport staff.

Mike says he has tried to put together a comprehensive cross section of islanders to meet the Queen.

She’ll then be taken to the new school site and shown around the £15 million development.

During her tour of the school, she’ll be shown around by headteacher Bryce Wilby, who tells us she will meet plenty of young people, including guides and brownies and children representing all five islands of Scilly. Then the school choir will sing her an African lullaby as part of the first performance in the school concert and performance area.

A special path has been laid so as many people as possible can watch her during the visit.

As the Queen travels towards Holgate’s Green she’ll hear the new Parish Church bells being rung.

And there’ll be one ringer of distinction. Kate Flavell is Vice President of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and she’s over here on holiday.

On Holgate’s Green the Queen will sees maypole dancers and meet the Isles Of Scilly Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wildlife Trust and Tresco Estate staff.

The St Mary’s A team gig rowers will talk with her abut the sport and show her the locally built gig, Emma Louise.

The Queen will also be told about our new Inshore Fisheries Authority, the IFCA and their new patrol boat to be named after decorated lifeboat coxswain Matt Lethbridge in a ceremony tomorrow. Matt’s family including Jean Goody and Lucy Wilkins will be there today.

Lucy admitted to us that he’d be wondering what all the fuss is about but also he’d be very proud particularly with the way that Scilly has insisted on being independent from the mainland in it’s sea fisheries policy.

Jean Goody and Lucy Wilkins beside the 'Matt Lethbridge'

Attendees of the memory cafe are being picked up in the Buzza Bus and will be taken to the Green.

The Queen will then move on to Tregarthen’s Hotel to meet community groups and organisations including Betty Silvester, who has operated the Scillonian entertainers for 58 years.

The Queen will be served a selection of local food. Her chocolate torte dessert will include St Agnes brandy and St Agnes ice cream.

The visit is receiving extensive coverage by the media who will be out in force.

Despite cutbacks, the BBC has chartered a plane for four people to come over to join their other reporters.

ITV Westcountry presenter Ian Axton arrived in a more modest way, on Skybus from Exeter. His team will host their half hour 6pm news live fron the Star Castle tonight.

Ian says the broadcast will bring our islands exposure across a massive region, all the way up to Tewksbury in the North.


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