New Inn receptionist Rachel Young tells us a bit about what’s going on at the pub this month…
We’re already half way through the month and so much has already happened!
There is always an exciting build-up to May due to the first weekend being the busiest in the islands’ calendar as we host the World Pilot Gig Championships and this year 130 gigs took part. The beach on St Mary’s was a riot of colour, bursting with gigs and crews who had made the long journey over to Scilly.
Due to their training, in and out of the pub, we had fantastic results from the Tresco & Bryher crews over the weekend. The ladies crew in the Alfie Jenkins came 18th in the world, the men’s A crew 26th and the men’s B crew 44th.
Although Tresco itself is relatively quiet at this time we were happy to welcome so many visiting crews who ventured along Tresco channel to the pub for refreshments on the days leading up to and after the championships.
Ben Waters and family stayed at the pub over the weekend and he and his 12 year old son, Tom, entertained us with their boogie woogie rock’n’roll on Saturday night and Sunday lunchtime (actually outside in the sunshine) which was absolutely fantastic.
Tom is a very talented saxophonist who now accompanies his dad on a regular basis and by the age of 9 had already played alongside The Rolling Stones and other amazing artists!
On Monday the 13th we joined forces with Gallery Tresco to celebrate Art Scilly Week and after an evening exhibition people moved along the path to the New Inn for live music from local Tresco/Bryher band ‘Noxious’.
They have played together now for over 10 years and as you can imagine they just keep getting better and better; they really engage with their local audience and get them dancing (sometimes on the ceiling!).
Now it’s festival time and our cellar is well stocked with 23 Real Ales ready for our wonderful 4 day event. We have brilliant bands booked each day and are really looking forward to seeing the 27 St Martin’s residents due over on Saturday night all dressed as Elvis!
We end the month, on the 29th, with a ladies gig race which finishes between the Tresco & Bryher quays and look forward to another chance to dance the night away with Noxious. After the Czar Ladies crew winning their race this week hopes are high that they will bring home the trophy.
So if you’re bored and have nothing to do pop along to the New Inn where there’s always something going on……….and if it happens to be quiet why not try out our new selection of Single Malt Whiskeys! Only 37 to choose from!!!!!