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Friday, 12 September 2014

Tragic news - ROY DUNCAN, the Scilly Boatman dies

ROY DUNCAN was a treasure. I first met him in the 1980's when he joined the Isles of Scilly Boating Association where quickly I established a friendly rapport with him, eventually coaxing him into enjoying some of the rares that befell the archipelago. Along with John and Joe, he was always keen to help out whenever the inevitable occurred, chauffering hordes of twitchers at the beck and call for the biggies. He got me countless birds during his reign, particularly late in the day (the Tresco Bicknell's Thrush comes to mind, as well as the Great Pool Yellow-billed Cuckoo) and will be sorely missed. Testamony to his popularity is the number of people that turned out today for his funeral - rest-in-peace Roy - you were a one in a million.......