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Coin added to keel as skiff comes together

Councillor Kate Cairns puts the �2 coin in place on the skiff  with John Thomson, Charles Jones  and Keith Scott of the  Alnmouth Bay Community Rowing Association watched by her children Lys, Jake and Leif and her mother councillor Heather Cairns.

Councillor Kate Cairns puts the �2 coin in place on the skiff with John Thomson, Charles Jones and Keith Scott of the Alnmouth Bay Community Rowing Association watched by her children Lys, Jake and Leif and her mother councillor Heather Cairns.

A maritime tradition was upheld as a coin was put into the keel of a skiff being built by Alnmouth Bay Community Rowing Association.

Newly-elected county councillor Kate Cairns put the £2 coin, which was gifted by Gosforth Rowing Club, in place in the club’s boat, at its home near Embleton.

Accompanied by her mother Coun Heather Cairns and her three children Lys, Jake and Leif, the Cairns family represented three generations of the community that will be able to use the boat when it is completed.

The coin was fixed in place and will stay inside the keel for the boat’s lifetime.

It is a symbol of good fortune for the users of the boat.

The association has been given a number of grants to build the St Ayles skiff, a traditional rowing boat, developed by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association.

The boat is set to be completed soon and will be a facility for all the community to use.

It is currently being worked on in a barn at a farm which has been loaned to the association.

They are also looking for new members to join the club, irrespective of age or skill.

Anyone interested in helping or finding out more about the association can contact Clive Church at clivej church@gmail.com

 

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