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Scillies helicopter service 'to go ahead on Monday'

The Island Helicopters service is due to start on Monday. Credit: ITV West Country

The operators of a new daily helicopter service to the Scillies say it WILL go ahead on Monday after all. Yesterday the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company was told that the route between Land's End and St Mary's would be halted because environmental checks had not been carried out. But on Saturday afternoon a company spokesman confirmed flights would run as scheduled pending further discussions.

I would like to thank everyone on our first flights for their patience and understanding and I am sorry they were subjected to unnecessary uncertainty, which was for reasons that were outside our control. We very much look forward to welcoming them on Monday.

– Andrew May, Chairman, Isles of Scilly Steamship Company

On Friday, the Council of The Isles of Scilly had issued a statement saying flights would be suspended because the operator had failed to provide sufficient information for an adequate environmental assessement to comply with wildlife conservation laws.

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Royal visit to the Isles of Scilly postponed due to fog

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to the Isles of Scilly has been delayed because of bad weather.

William and Kate are due to spend the day touring the group of islands off the coast of Cornwall, meeting locals and learning about life on the remote outcrops.

But forecast fog has descended on the area and the couple are expected to arrive later in the day on the main island of St Mary's.

This is how the Isles of Scilly looked this morning... Credit: ITV News

Their programme, which will also see them visit the islands of Tresco and St Martin's, is likely to be revised.

Commercial flights carrying tourists and residents to the island have also been suspended.

Their travel plans have been affected by the adverse weather like many people this morning

– Kensington Palace spokeswoman

At the scene: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Isles of Scilly

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend today touring the Isles of Scilly as their visit to the West Country continues.

Our reporter Seth Conway is there and explains why this is likely to be such a special visit:

William and Kate will tour the three islands of St Mary's, Tresco and St Martin's to learn more about their industries, particularly the flower trade, and hear from local people about Scillonian life and culture.

The Isles of Scilly are part of the Duchy of Cornwall.

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