Project gives chance to learn about rowing

Pupils from Croftway Primary Academy work on their designs for the art competition.
Pupils from Croftway Primary Academy work on their designs for the art competition.

Children have been getting their creative juices flowing and learning about the rowing history of Blyth.

Year 6 pupils at Croftway Primary Academy have been taking part in a build-a-boat scheme running at Keel Row Shopping Centre.

They entered a competition to design the colour scheme for the first St Ayles Skiff being built in the unit and give it a name.

The lucky winner will see their design painted onto the boat – that aims to be used for community rowing activities in and around the port of Blyth – which will be lowered into the water for the first time at Blyth Town Fair on July 19.

Headteacher Shirley Clement said: “It is fabulous that we have been able to make connections with the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club and found out more about the role rowing has played in the history of Blyth.

“The children are very enthusiastic about the scheme and are thoroughly enjoying the creative design process.”

Founding member of build a boat, and Vice Commodore of the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, Mike Wade, visited the schoolchildren with historian Alan Fryer.

Mike said: “It is great to be part of a rowing revival and to get children involved with the build-a-boat scheme. The kids at Croftway are full of enthusiasm for the project and got really excited at the prospect of designing the colour scheme.”

Callum Reid, centre manager at Keel Row Shopping Centre, said: “It is great that we have been able to support this community initiative and that local children have been able to let their creativity just run wild.

“I’m looking forward to checking in on the skiff and seeing the winner’s design put into practice.”