St Mary’s Man Featured In Armed Forces Documentary

richard larn 2014A St Mary’s man has been interviewed for a TV documentary, which focuses on life outside the services.

Richard Larn is well known to many islanders both as an historian and for his extensive marine archaeology.

He’s published 58 books on the subject and was awarded an OBE for his work in that field in 2009.

Earlier this month the armed forces TV network BFBS sent a reporter to Scilly to interview Richard, as an example of what can be achieved on ‘Civvy Street.’

Richard says many people find it difficult leaving the disciplined environment of the armed forces and starting everyday work and the network were keen to feature his story.

The day after Richard retired from the Royal Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in 1972, he started new ventures. He founded a commercial diving training centre and helped a friend relocate his electronics business from Hertfordshire to Cornwall.

Richard planned his exit well, moving his family to St Austell where he’d already secured a job, 18 months before he left the services. But he says he was also lucky to meet the right people at the right time.

Members of the forces will be able to see the programme on BFBS TV stations, which serve military bases in Germany, Cyprus, the Balkans, Belize and the Falklands.