Armed Forces Week Starts Monday With Flag Raising

A flag will be raised on Monday morning to mark the start of National Armed Forces week.

The ceremony will take place at the Town Hall at 11am and will kick off a week of celebrations of our armed forces and the work that they do.

Organiser, Jenny Bagnall, says the highlight of the week will be the Armed Forces Day Event, which takes place on Saturday 30th June.

This year, they’re planning an afternoon of celebrations on Holgate’s Green from 1pm to 4pm with a ‘picnic in the park’ theme. There’ll be tea, cakes and entertainment with the Scilly Sirens providing musical accompaniment.

Jenny says there’ll also be displays and activates organised with the help of the islands’ cadets including a demonstration of cooking with ration packs and displays of weapons.

Jenny said they’re planning an unusual visual tribute this year. They want to create a montage of ‘islanders in uniform,’ particularly Armed and Reserve Forces but any uniformed service. She said it would be great to have images of all generations of islanders, past and present, current and ex-serving personnel or images of uniformed personnel around the islands.

Photocopies or scans of images can be given to David Duncan or any member of the organising committee and David is also able to scan images for anyone without the technology to print or copy images. His contact number is 422 527.

At the end of the afternoon, Jenny says there will be a charity auction with all money raised going to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SAFFA) which provides financial, practical and emotional assistance to past and present members of the forces and their families. Jenny says in recent years they’ve given assistance to ex-service personal living on the Isles of Scilly.

They would also be grateful for help on Saturday morning to set up on the Green and any donations of cakes for sale during the afternoon.

Jenny says the celebration of our armed forces is important. At least one family on the islands’ currently has a son serving in Afghanistan and it can be a difficult time for them, shae says, adding that these types of events show the families that they’re supported by the community.

The week of celebrations will be brought to a close on Monday 2nd July with a lowering of the flag.