Armed Forces Week Comes To A Close Today

This morning, a special flag that has been flying on top of the Town Hall will be lowered.

It was raised last Monday to mark Armed Forces Week.

The contribution made by service personnel was celebrated in an event on Holgate’s Green on Saturday, which featured islands’ choirs Scilly Sirens and Scilly Surround Sound.

The traditional procession along the Strand didn’t take place as the cadets were unable to march and their leader was unwell and unable to attend.

Jenny Bagnall arranged the event and she says the focus was on locals who had served for their country. But she also wanted something that the whole community could take part in, which was the idea behind the photo collage of islanders in uniform that was displayed on Saturday.

She says she’s been interested to see who has served in the forces and learned new things about her own family’s links to the services.

The images will be taken by the museum and become an archive of islanders who have served in the forces, with the intention to add more photos each year as they become available.

Jenny says the islands have a strong connection with the forces and that explains the support for the event. Her team of organisers wanted Saturday’s Armed Forces Day to be a light-hearted and fun event and a celebration of the work of the forces.

£795 was taken at the event with a further £77 still to come from auction bids. Money raised is 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.

The total includes £200 from the Parish Church charity shop which gave it’s Saturday takings to the charity.

You can view photos from Armed Forces Day at our gallery here.