Parade To Return For Armed Forces Day


Smudge Smith

Smudge Smith

There’ll be a return to a traditional parade by the islands’ Army Cadets for this year’s Armed Forces Day later this month.

Organiser Smudge Smith says the youngsters will march from Carn Thomas to Holgate’s Green, where there’ll be a small service, followed by entertainment from the Scilly Sirens and Chris Garratt’s band, and a refreshment tent.

Collections will be made for Combat Stress, a charity that helps current and former servicemen suffering from mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Smudge has taken a break from organising the event for the past couple of years but is now back performing the duties.

He feels people are much more aware of the armed forces at the moment, especially with the recent 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, and coverage of their work in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He’ll be giving a speech on the day, highlighting the support needed for the services.

He says he’ll also try to encourage support from islanders to restart the local Legion Branch.

Smudge ran a successful campaign over winter to raise funds for a new war memorial, which is now in the final stages of being completed, ready for installation in The Park.

It’s likely to be dedicated by the Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton, during his visit on 4th August.

He also managed to get enough money to replace the old Legion Standards. These have arrived and Smudge is hoping they can be blessed by the local padres during the event.

But Smudge still needs volunteers to help man the refreshment stall and to bake cakes for sale on the day. Anyone who can help should contact him or Ann Mumford.

The event takes place on 28th June, starting with the parade at 1pm.