TV Seeking Stories Of Scilly Good Deeds

David Jackson

David Jackson

A Cambridge University study released last month claimed Scilly has the most agreeable and conscientious residents in the UK.

And now ITV are looking for stories about random acts of kindness on the islands to feature in a new slot on Good Morning Britain.

Executive Director of the Islands’ Partnership, David Jackson, says this is a great chance to showcase the distinctive warmth of our welcome to visitors.

He’s encouraging islanders to come forward with their ideas, examples or anecdotes about good deeds they’ve encountered here.

David says we know ourselves about the sense of community spirit in Scilly and how much people do for others.

He says it’s something that’s being lost on the mainland, with people leading busy lives. They often don’t even know their neighbours, he says, while here people still look out for each other.

David feels that’s something really distinctive that we can be proud about.

He says the UK often gets rated low by foreign visitors for the warmth of it’s welcome, so Scilly could “stand out from the crowd.”

And he says getting ourselves on TV can be a huge boost for tourism. He cites the recent features about Scilly on Countryfile and The One Show, which brought massive spikes in hits to the Visit Isles of Scilly website.

David says the islands are photogenic, but many people in the UK still don’t know who or where we are. So this type of exposure could improve our profile as a holiday destination.

Anyone who feels they have stories to contribute should contact the Islands’ Partnership who will put a list together for ITV.