Piece Of Mal De Mer History Up For Grabs

A previous Mal de Mer Club visit

A previous Mal de Mer Club visit

Islanders are being offered the chance to own a piece of Mal de Mers history.

The sportsmen from all over the UK converge on Scilly each September for a week of timetabled sporting events from rowing to cricket and football to tug-of-war.

Jimmy Goold started the sporting tours in the 1930s.

His grandson David Waters has uncovered some of his grandfather’s Mals collection, which includes a 1948 booklet and tour reports from 1958, 1968 and the 1970s.

David says there are also a variety of photographs.

He says his granddad, who ran an insurance office in Plymouth and travelled to Scilly on business with the Duchy of Cornwall, started the annual trips in 1932.

It followed conversations he had with islanders who struggled to find sports teams to compete against.

David believes that his grandfather would want his memorabilia to come to the islands because he had a huge attachment with Scilly. When he died in the late 70’s, his ashes were scattered on the islands.

If you’re interested in the Mals’ mementos, you can contact David, who lives in Somerset, through Radio Scilly.

One Response to Piece Of Mal De Mer History Up For Grabs

  1. sam November 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Sounds like the start of a new “sport on Scilly” exhibition for the museum