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Community is urged to help build boat for club

Mike Wade from the Yacht Club, Steve Bradley from the town team and Gary Lund from the Keel Row Shopping centre in front of Gosforths Boat Grace in the Keel Row shopping centre.

Mike Wade from the Yacht Club, Steve Bradley from the town team and Gary Lund from the Keel Row Shopping centre in front of Gosforths Boat Grace in the Keel Row shopping centre.

A new rowing club is hoping to give members an oarsome time after community leaders came together.

A town community initiative fronted by the Blyth Town Team, Blyth Town Council and The Royal Northumberland Yacht Club in association with British Rowing, the Buffalo Community Centre and the Keel Row shopping Centre, is creating a new rowing club in the area to bring back rowing to the river Blyth.

The original concept was to encourage the community to build a 22’ St Ayles Skiff that will be used by the rowing club.

Town team chair Steve Bradley said: “We need people from all walks of life to get involved in a project that will hopefully highlight the community spirit in our town.

“The club has now been formed and the build has begun but what makes this project extra special is Northumberland Estates kindly donating an empty unit in the Keel Row Shopping Centre for our use allowing the community not only to get involved but also to see how it is developing on a weekly basis.

“To get the backing from so many organisations in Blyth in such a short time span is amazing and has enabled this project go from strength to strength.

“All of which will hopefully highlight the pride the people of Blyth have in our town and bring visitors to see something that you wouldn’t get to see every day – a boat being built by the public in the town’s shopping centre.”

Visit www.blythcommunityrowingclub.co.uk

 

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