Scilly’s Second War Memorial Gets Boost To Funding

Smudge Smith

Smudge Smith

Plans to build a second war memorial for St Mary’s have moved a step closer.

For five years, the Islands’ Royal British Legion Organiser Smudge Smith has wanted to erect a monument in The Park, in addition to the existing one at Old Town churchyard.

Now after local collections and a £1,100 grant from the Scilly Lottery, Smudge says his committee will meet this week to decide which company will be selected to make the bronze plaque.

He says some locals have been very generous but a great deal of cash has also been offered from mainland donors.

The committee will carry on collecting money to replace the two Legion standards, which cost around £500 each

Smudge feels strongly that a second memorial on a level site in town would allow elderly or infirm locals and visitors to pay their respects more easily.

There had been talk of moving the original memorial but he says the costs and difficulties involved in that mean a second monument is the best option.

The new site in The Park will be used for laying wreathes and crosses on Remembrance Sunday. These will be moved to Old Town the next day.

Smudge says the new memorial should be ready for this summer’s First World War centenary commemorations and he’d like to dedicate it when the Royal Navy frigate, HMS Somerset, is in the islands.

That’s so crewmembers can take part in the ceremony.