Council Chairman Delighted With Support For Armed Forces Day

Saturday’s Armed Forces Day was described by Council Chair Mike Hicks as a “celebration” and he says he was delighted that the islands could show their support for the services.

After the parade down The Strand there was a short service and then David Duncan and Smudge Smith gave accounts of their military service. Both men had moved many times at very short notice. And both expressed pride for the part they played in the military.

The regular islands’ clergyman were unavailable, Charlie Gibbs was performing a marriage and Peter Walker was on the mainland for Truro Cathedral duties, so Reverend Stephen Wild represented the Methodists. He said it was always a joy to be in Scilly.

The Church of England official was Trevor McCabe, and one of the speakers, David, later revealed that Trevor had taken his wedding service.

Smudge told us how things were very different when he was in the forces. He lived in barrack blocks and he said you couldn’t live outside the camp. You even had to apply for permission to have a camera.

But he said it isn’t all good in the forces these days adding his grandson had to buy his own boots and body armour when he was serving in Iraq.

Smudge, says they started earlier this year so day trippers could come and enjoy the event and David added it was an encouraging sign to see so many people turn out for the event.

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