Islanders Given Chance To Thank Gry Maritha Crew
Over the years islanders have shown their appreciation for the crew of the Gry Maritha in different ways. The men have been invited to meals in The Mermaid and a special evening has been held in their honour at the Atlantic Hotel.
This year, St Mary’s businessman Tim Guthrie is arranging a collection to mark locals’ gratitude for the lifeline freight service from the mainland, which regularly sails in the roughest sea conditions.
Tim says there have been ‘whip rounds’ before and he wants the crew to know that islanders are thankful for what they do.
Tim has arranged for collection jars in a number of town centre businesses, including the Paper Shop and Post Office.
Last month Tim spearheaded efforts to raise cash for the Royal Navy Benevolent Fund as a thank you to the RNAS Culdrose pilots who are ending their search and rescue and medical evacuation service to Scilly on New Year’s Eve.
Tim says a number of residents who have been helped by the service have made donations ranging between £5 and £50. The appeal has reached its £1,000 target and Tim will present the cheque to Andy Watts from Culdrose after Christmas.