Boost for Isles of Scilly tourism

A scheme to improve the runway at Land's End and upgrade facilities at St Mary's airports is hoped to boost tourism on the Isles of Scilly.

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Giant Broadband cable being laid off the Scillies

A giant cable is being laid to give the Isles of Scilly Superfast Broadband. Engineers are using a ship moored off St Mary's to bring a 60 kilometre cable to the shore.

It will be connected to a high speed line that runs from Cornwall to Spain deep under the sea

Cable-laying ship
The cable-laying ship, Resolute, moored off St Mary's, Isles of Scilly Credit: ITV News West Country

It will mean islanders have much faster internet access.

Jeremy Steventon-Barnes from BT says the cable will be buried out of the way, deep in the sand.

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Land's End to Scilly flights get go ahead from Europe

The news has been welcomed by the Council of the Isles of Scilly Credit: ITV News

The go ahead has finally been given for 9 million pounds worth of improvements to the airports at Land's End and the Isles of Scilly.

Work to hard surface the runway at Land's End and upgrade navigation aids at St.Mary's had been delayed until it was approved by the EU.

The runway at Land's End is frequently waterlogged because of problems with the current grass surface Credit: ITV News

The European Commission says the improvements will increase the accessibility to the Cornwall region, a key part of Europe’s transport policy. It's hoped it will also help the Scillies in its bid to tackle a worrying decline in tourism.

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25th World Gig Championships start on Scilly Isles

The Women's Veterans' Race this evening. Credit: ITV News/Steve Hardy

The World Pilot Gig Championships started on the Isles of Scilly this evening. 3000 rowers are on the islands for the bank holiday weekend: a thousand more than the number of people living there. The event is in its 25th year, and a record 150 boats are taking part.

Another shot of the Women's Veterans' Race. Credit: ITV News/Steve Hardy
A busy scene on the beach at the end of the Women's Veterans' Race. Credit: ITV News/Steve Hardy
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