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Sixty traditional Gaff Rig boats sailing to Isles of Scilly for charity

Sixty traditional Gaff Rig boats will sail to the Isles of Scilly today from Plymouth Credit: ITV Westcountry

Sixty traditional Gaff Rig boats are due to set sail from Plymouth to the Isles of Scilly today.

The fleet have been on display at the Mayflower Marina as part of the 50th anniversary of the Old Gaffers Association. The vessels are touring the UK raising money for the RNLI.

At least four of the boats are over one hundred years old.

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Hopes for Royal Cornwall Show to boost tourism on Isles of Scilly

The Royal Cornwall Show has been selected as the launch pad for a drive to boost the number of people visiting the Isles of Scilly.

It starts with the Isles of Scilly Pavilion at the Royal Cornwall Show – the first time the islands have exhibited there under one roof.

The 60 inch by 40 inch wooden building will be decorated on the outside. Inside there will be a range of exhibitors, grouped under six themes.

It will be an oasis of blue and white; a veritable seascape contrasting with the stunning greens of Cornwall. We are designing it so it will certainly stand out from the crowd,” said Truro-based

– David Meneer, Show Co-ordinator

Superfast broadband for Isles of Scilly

by Steve Hardy
Engineers laying superfast broadband cables in Cornwall. Credit: ITV News West Country

An ambitious scheme to provide superfast Broadband for the Isles of Scilly has been unveiled by BT.

It's expected that the first customers will be connected during the first half of 2014.

A cable ship is due to spend about a month later this year cutting and moving two cables, which had previously been used for communications between the UK and Ireland and Spain, and connecting them to the islands.

It's expected to cost more than three million pounds and will provide the islanders with some of the fastest internet connections in the country.

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