Scilly’s New Catholic Priest Addresses Crowd As Christmas Lights Turned On

christmas lights 2013Scilly’s new Catholic clergyman had his first public duty on the islands on Saturday.

Bishop Christopher Budd addressed the crowds at the turn on of the Christmas lights.

The Bishop shared prayers with Methodist Minister Reverend Charlie Gibbs.

Bishop Budd leaves his position in Plymouth on January 28th and will start his retirement role in Scilly on Ash Wednesday, March 5th.

He’ll split his time between Scilly and Lyme Regis in Dorset.

Bishop Budd says he’s looking forward to working here with Rev Gibbs and Canon Miller and he hopes he’s the “right man” for the islands’ small Catholic congregation.

He’s been a fan of Scilly since his first visit to the chapel in the 80s and was a regular visitor during his 28 years as Bishop.

On Saturday, the crowds enjoyed brass band music and carols before the countdown to the switch on of lights in The Park, Hugh Street, The Strand and across Old Town Bay.

New headteacher of the Five Islands School. Linda Todd, turned the lights on.

Linda said it was a first for her and she now had something in common with the band JLS.

The tree was donated by the Duchy and carried by Richard Hand haulage. Clinton Perry oversaw the fitting of the tree and the decoration with lights.

The 25ft tree was recycled from one twice that size that fell in storms near Bishop’s View.

Organiser Maggie Perkovic said £37 was raised during the carol service and the free mince pies and punch provided by the Scillonian Club afterwards.

The money will go to the Christmas Lights fund.