8, 2018 New
Burnham-On-Sea gig rowing boat unveiled by MP and Mayor
MP and Mayor unveiled a new boat when the town's Gig Rowing Club
held a special ceremony on the town's beach on Saturday (July 7th).
new wooden racing gig, named 'Brue' to give it a clear local connection
to the river, was named by Rev Sharon Eldergill from St Andrew's
Church, MP James Heappey, Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock and Deputy Mayor
club was congratulated by the Mayor before the gig was blessed by
Rev Sharon. Mr Heappey read a passage from Wind In The Willows in
front of the crowd of onlookers, pictured here.
Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards: "The sailing club
took a bit of a leap into the dark by setting up a gig rowing club
a few years ago, but now they're on their second boat and have dozens
of people rowing regularly in the town. It's a great thing."
a hugely important activity in a seaside town - when you look up
and down the coast at places like Clevedon and Minhead, and further
afield in Devon and Cornwall, all seaside towns have gig rowing
clubs and it's great that we have one too."
Captain Dave Wrennall said it was great to launch the new 'Brue'
boat and thanked those guests who had attended the naming ceremony.
is an exciting and exhilarating sport that provides an all-systems
body workout when we pit our strength and coordination against the
sea whilst exercising a healthy respect for her too!"
details about how to join the club are available here.
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