RNLI Sea Shanty Singers Return To Scilly

tavy tars 2014While the crossing on the Scillonian yesterday morning might have been a little rough for some passengers, they were given a treat from a sea shanty group who were singing their way to Scilly and back.

It’s the second year that the Tavy Tars from Bere Ferrers in Devon have made the daytrip to the islands, raising money for the RNLI.

They held a collection as passengers left the boat on St Mary’s Quay.

As well as their performances on both legs of the journey they also sang to shoppers at Seasalt in Hugh Town.

Group member Clive Charlton was in good voice when we caught up with them, even though he admitted he felt a bit unwell on the trip over and had to abandon singing “mid-shanty” at one point.

He says the singers look forward to their trip to Scilly. As most of them are “a bit senior” and retired, they didn’t need to take the day off work, he says.

Although it was just quick visit yesterday, Clive says most of the group are regular travellers to Scilly. He’s returning himself in two weeks time for a longer holiday.

And he said the group might consider staying on the islands for a full performance in the future.