HMS Raider Visiting Islands With Unexpected Guest

HMS Raider. Photo courtesy of Robin Mawer

HMS Raider, a Royal Navy training ship is alongside the quay today.

The P2000 or Archer class training craft is one of 16 in service with the Royal Naval Reserve and is attached to the University of Bristol.

17 crew are onboard and will undertake navigational exercises around the islands over the next 24 hours.

There is also an unexpected guest on board. The boat sailed from Padstow yesterday and brought the Mayor of the Cornish town, Teri Walter, for a one-day visit to St Mary’s.

Mayor of Padstow, Teri Walter

Teri was aboard the boat holding a civic reception earlier in the week when she was offered the chance to come to Scilly, which she says she jumped at, as she hasn’t been for 5 years.