Work Of Britain’s Armed Forces Remembered

armed forces flag raiseThe Armed Forces Week flag is flying above St Mary’s Town Hall today. It was raised yesterday by Royal British Legion organiser Smudge Smith.

The main event, which encourages community support for former and serving Army, Navy and RAF personnel, will be held on Holgate’s Green this Saturday.

Smudge feels strongly that the week-long event should be marked. He says there are British troops serving all over the world, particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he says their work can often go by unnoticed.

Smudge says it’s particularly important for those who have been injured in conflict, who very often get forgotten, but need the support of organisations like the Legion.

There have been concerns about dwindling numbers of British Legion members in Scilly and that means fewer people to arrange events or the poppy appeal.

Smudge says he’s found ten new recruits and hopes to encourage more volunteers on Saturday.

His goal is to form a new, active group who can meet in the Scillonian Club at least four times a year.

Lorna Yelland is secretary of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section on the islands.

Lorna says they’ve also been looking for new members for some time. They currently have 28 ladies in the group, although numbers are dwindling.

But Lorna says they always enjoy their get-togethers and try to raise funds for the charity whenever they can.

Women’s Section member Dot Elvin says it is important that the sacrifice made by service personnel is acknowledged. She says we wouldn’t be here without our forces, with many having to go their whole suffering from their injuries.

Armed Forces Day takes place this Saturday on Holgate’s Green, with a parade starting from Carn Thomas at 1pm.