St Mary’s Dairy Has New Owners

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The Dairy on St Mary’s has new owners and they’re promising a friendly welcome for locals and tourists, and more crafts items for sale.

Mick and Eve Peck have moved from Northamptonshire. They’ve been there for 20 years but Mick has been visiting Scilly since 1997, the year of the Cita wreck.

He’s a keen diver and has become good friends with St Mary’s-based divers Todd and Carmen Stevens.

54-year-old Mick has run his own electrical business for years and although he’s never been a shopkeeper, he says he wanted this lifestyle change so he can spend more time with Eve.

He says he didn’t fall in love with Scilly on his first trip, but as he’s got older, he appreciates the pace of life and friendliness of locals more.

And he admits that the business will require more involvement than he had first thought, especially as the stock brought from the mainland has such a short shelf life.

Mick has found someone to deliver the milk, though, so he won’t be up early to do that.

It will be business as usual for most of The Dairy services but the cafe menu will change and Mick says there’ll be a stronger arts element to the business.

Eve produces jewellery, ceramics and soaps. They’ll be on sale from the shop on The Strand and Mick says they may add a small pottery element too.

Mick has also kept up his certification as an electrician so he says he’ll be able to offer repair, testing and certifying services in winter.

But he hopes that he’ll still be able to find time to visit his favourite underwater wreck site, The Italia.

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