Our Great British Getaways series returns, showcasing the more obscure – and charmingly eccentric – places around the UK.
Fancy a gig?
If your idea of a gig is an evening out with your favourite band, then think again. In the Isles of Scilly it’s a six-oared rowing boat, designed back in the age of sail when these perilous waters were the crossroads of the world and the Scillonians would race out in their sleek wooden craft with a pilot aboard to guide the tall ships safely home.
Times were hard and competition was fierce. The first crew to put a pilot onboard the homeward-bounders got the job. They earned the cash and the kudos, too, and out of that inter-island rivalry emerged what is now…