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Scilly Laughs kicks off on St Mary's tonight

The third Scilly Laughs festival is under way on Scilly, starting at 7.30 tonight at the Mermaid Inn.

The show, which kicked off in Penzance last night, takes place over four islands on four days. It moves to Tresco tomorrow, St Martin's on Monday and St Agnes on Tuesday.

Compere Julie Jepson told This is Scilly News: "Scilly Laughs is me as host and three other acts from the UK comedy circuit. The idea is to attract more visitors to the islands and provide some entertainment, as there's not much comedy going on. It's an excuse for me to come back to my favourite place and show all my comedy pals how great it is.

"All the acts have absolutely loved it, every single second. We get a great welcome here and people have been really generous. We raise money for Cornwall Air Ambulance with a raffle at each show and we've raised over £1,000 in just our two years."

She added: "The idea came to me at Adam's Fish & Chips. I was having dinner there and they have bands, and I said to my partner 'This is a great venue for a gig'. I've been wanting to do a gig on Scilly forever. I've been doing comedy for 12 years but I came here about 20 years ago and worked at the hotel for a very brief time."

Julie said of the choice of dates: "We try to hold Scilly Laughs the same week in June so there's plenty of daylight for the boats. We didn't want to hold it in the summer holidays because it's not really for kids, it's for adults. Although the first year we did it I forgot to check the tides and our show was finishing at very low tide! It nearly scuppered us a couple of times but this year I've checked and we finish at high tide. I work all over the country but I love that I have to check tide times before I can think about a gig here."

Julie is joined this time around by musical comedy performer Hannah Brackenbury; Richard Vranch, who has appeared on Whose Line is it Anyway and Just a Minute; and Craig Deeley, 'who is known for his quick observation style and comedy improvisation'.

Details of show times are below:

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