All boats have a story - Invitation

Wednesday 6th April 2016

Lyme Regis Gig Club would like to invite you to a talk by Gail McGarva 'All Boats Have A Story To Tell' to be hosted at The Harbour Inn on Wednesday 20th April at 7.30pm.

'All Boats Have A Story To Tell - Traditional Wooden Boatbuilding, the building of daughter boats and the story of the Cornish Pilot Gig' is an opportunity to hear Gail talk about her love of wooden boats, experience of bringing them to life and the stories that they have to share. This fabulous evening event is a fundraiser for Gail's new 'The Story Boat' project, and will include a buffet provided very kindly by The Harbour Inn, tickets are £6.00 per person and the audience is limited to 50, so book your tickets with me at marcusdixon0330@gmail.com as soon as possible.

In May, Gail is embarking upon her new project, 'The Story Boat', which is the creation of a miniture maritime museum. The now retired Dorset Lerret fishing boat of 1923, Vera, will be given a new lease of life on land in the creation of 'The Story Boat'. She will be upturned and transformed into a mobile oral history recording and exhibition space. In the construction of The Story Boat, Gail will be collaborating with local wheelwrights and coachbuilders Mike Rowland & Son in Colyton.

Once the 'Story Boat' is completed, she will take up residency outside The Marine Theatre from the beginning of August until the end of October, where Gail will interview local people who have worked along our shores, and record their memories. Following his, she will create an oral history exhibition which will be housed inside 'The Story Boat', enabling he wider public to come and enjoy this celebration of our local maritime heritage.

Gail is submitting an application to The Arts Council for the costs relating to the oral history element of the project, with The Marine Theatre as partner. She is also pursuing local sources of funding in relation to the costs of building 'The Story Boat' herself.

Gail is passionate about the project, as 'The Story Boat' will be an expression of living history in celebration of the lives of the people who have worked along our shores, and in celebration of the traditional crafts of boatbuilding, wheelwrighting and coach building.

Please book your tickets to 'All Boats Have A Story To Tell' at 7.30pm on 20th April at The Harbour Inn and help launch the wonderful 'Story Boat'.     

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