Come aboard community boat-building initiative

Neil Barras, Malcolm Arnold, Mike Spark, Tony Peereboom and'Colin Brunt with the skiff.
Neil Barras, Malcolm Arnold, Mike Spark, Tony Peereboom and'Colin Brunt with the skiff.

A community boat-building project is gathering momentum and people are being invited to find out more about the scheme, including how to get involved.

Bamburgh and Beadnell Community Rowing Club is making great progress in creating its own St Ayles rowing skiff.

Once the vessel is finished, the team will be able to compete with other boats along the Northumberland coast and further afield.

The basic structure is complete and it will soon be time to turn the boat over and begin fitting it out.

The skiff is being built in a barn in Bamburgh and anyone interested in the project is welcome to come along and view progress when the club attends the annual Bamburgh Fair on Sunday, May 28.

The fair coincides with the first Northumberland Day, which is a celebration of all that is good about the county.

The team is looking for founder members, rowers and decorators to join in with the initiative.

Tony Peereboom, build project manager, said: “We have a very enthusiastic build team and we have reached the stage where more people can get involved, especially when we start the painting.”

Bill Brook, club treasurer, added: “A few enthusiasts have got this project off the ground but more founder members will be welcome as we move towards fitting out the boat.

“Certainly now is the time for future rowers of any or no ability to come forward and make themselves known.”

As well as the Bamburgh Fair, a special VIP event is planned for founder members and potential sponsors to celebrate the turning of the boat. Details will be published nearer the time.

Bamburgh Fair will be held at Bamburgh Hall Farm from 9.15am to 4.30pm.

There will be local arts and crafts, children’s rides and lots more to see. Everyone is welcome to attend.