Eastney open weekend

George Middleton, left, and Brian Turner who are working to bring Boleh back to life.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (120316-5)
George Middleton, left, and Brian Turner who are working to bring Boleh back to life. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120316-5)

From broken bones to new beginnings

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Families can see a historic yacht being restored this weekend.

On Sunday the Boleh workshop in Eastney is opening its doors to the public for free.

Visitors will be able to see the yacht, meet the apprentices and try their luck at model boat racing.

Boleh, which means ‘can do’ in Malay, is a 64-year-old yacht from Singapore which is being restored here in Portsmouth.

It is expected to be completed for trial in August 2014 and ready to sail in 2015.

The Boleh workshop is next to the Eastney Beam Engine House, which is also throwing open its doors to the public this weekend for its monthly free open day.

Visitors will be able to tour the Victorian house and see in action the 1887 Boulton and Watt beam engines and pumps that were once used to pump sewage into the sea.

The house was originally built to improve the health and living standards of Portsmouth.

Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties the engines will be powered by electricity rather than steam this weekend.

The house is open from 1pm to 5pm tomorrow and Sunday and the Boleh workshop is open Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.