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Bridport: Children’s gigs to brighten beach

FIFTY ONE cardboard gigs have been painted by children at Symondsbury School near Bridport, and they’ll all be displayed at West Bay this Sunday (April 25).

Bridport’s new Gig Rowing Club has organised the Beach Boats event on East Beach between 11am and 2pm.

Club chair Mike Carter will present a model gig to the maker of the judges’ favourite boat  at 12.30pm.

Club member Nancy Clemance said: ‘This is going to be a lovely, colourful spectacle for East Beach, and completely in keeping with the community nature of the club.

“I hope we meet lots of children and their families on the day.”

The event is being staged partly because the Bridport Club is due to get its first training gig very soon. This gig, made of fibreglass, will be called Bucky Doo. The club also wants to get a proper Cornish wooden racing gig.

More members would be nice too.

Ms Clemance said: “If we can recruit a few mums, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles or friends to row Bucky Doo this summer then we’ll be in excellent shape for the arrival of our first racing gig next year.”

Ms Clemance, a freelance curator and arts outreach worker, moved to Bridport from Cambridge last year. She’s been rowing four times in gigs borrowed from other clubs.

She said: “If I can do it, anyone can.”

Gig racing is a fast-growing sport. Bridport’s club is the 55th in the South West.

Its informative website can be seen by clicking on this link. Photographs of the Beach Boats events taken by students at Mountjoy School in Bridport should soon be posted on there as well.