Restoration joins groups together

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TWO community groups have teamed up to display a recently restored dinghy.

Newbiggin Maritime Centre has joined forces with the Blyth Tall Ship project by donating space to display the recently restored national 12 sailing dinghy.

Displayed in the Mary Joicey Hall against a backdrop of the Mary Joicey Lifeboat, the clinker built wood boat has been restored by young people through the Blyth Tall Ship Project which has been set up to provide training opportunities for young people

Using traditional skills and tools, the boat has been restored to its original condition and then varnished and painted.

David Futers, from the project, said: “Using boat building as a catalyst, the project inspires young people to train in engineering, which in turn, helps many into work.

“They will be restoring more boats in the future and they will be displayed within Newbiggin Maritime Centre to show visitors the quality of workmanship that can be achieved by care and attention.

“It is that skill that the people at Blyth are transferring to apprentices and young volunteers who participate in the project.”

Both projects aim to achieve high levels of learning with young people, and Newbiggin Maritime Centre is offering on the job training to young people in retail and catering operations at the centre.

“Both Blyth Tall Ships and Newbiggin Maritime Centre hope to continue this relationship and display more restored boats in the future,” added Dave.

Members of the public are invited to visit the exhibition at Newbiggin Maritime Centre, where they will see the national 12 on show for the next few months.

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