Bishop Of Truro Joins St Helen’s Pilgrimage

bishop truro tim thorntonAround a hundred islanders and locals made the annual pilgrimage to St Helen’s yesterday.

It’s one of the biggest turnouts ever for the trip, which is held to recognise the historic resident monk who is said to have converted the Viking King Olaf to Christianity.

Visitors from St Martin’s and St Agnes joined 72 people from St Mary’s for the service and Canon Paul Miller says the conditions were perfect, with a low tide and sunshine.

And Paul believes that arranging the visit on a Sunday rather than St Elidus’ Day, the 8th August, means that locals can attend more easily.

The Bishop of Truro joined the party and later hosted an Old Town Church service to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The Right Reverend Tim Thornton will attend each of the off-island churches today to further mark the sacrifices made by residents.

The St Agnes Church service is at 11am, Bryher’s is at 12.30pm, Tresco’s is at 2pm and St Martin’s will remember at 3.30pm.

The Isles of Scilly Museum will display its timeline of key local and international events during the conflict at the Parish Church and there is also a display at the museum, featuring images of some of the islanders who served and of some of the aircraft including seaplanes, deployed.