Tresco Fete Hoping For Cruise Ship Boost

Tresco Community Centre

Tresco Community Centre

It’s Tresco Fete this Sunday and this year there’s an emphasis on fresh local food.

Organiser Joan Shiles says as well as the ever-popular attractions like the raffle, tombola and ‘ladder game’, there’ll also be fresh artisan breads for sale, featuring ingredients such as sun dried tomatoes and olives.

There’ll also be pasties made with the island’s own beef.

Money raised will be going towards the running cost of Tresco Community Centre. It was the first new hall to be built on the off-islands and Joan says it starting to need some updating.

The structure is in good condition, and it’s well used for club meetings and sports, but they’d like to hold more social events there.

Joan says that means replacing the old worn out carpet and making it a bit cosier.

She admits that organising the fete on Tresco is trickier than the other off-islands. The majority of residents work for the Estate six days-a-week, which means during the summer there’s very little time to spare.

But she says staff, including a large contingent of Eastern Europeans and garden students, have been “absolutely brilliant” offering whatever help they can.

The cruise ship Azamara Journey is due in on Sunday and many of the passengers will be heading for Tresco.

Joan says they’ll be very welcome at the fete and it could be a chance for them to see this very traditional English event. And she joked that she’d love to see the Captain on the bouncy castle.

The fete starts at noon and runs until 4pm at the Community Centre.