Help add a splash of colour to Olympic boat project by designing your own bunting

GRAFT Jesse Loynes and Ian Davidson work on the Boat Project
GRAFT Jesse Loynes and Ian Davidson work on the Boat Project
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A STUNNING wooden boat made from pieces of violin, wooden spoons and even lollipop sticks has been given a launch date.

The Boat Project is part of the Cultural Olympiad which is running alongside the 2012 Olympics.

Artists Lone Twin have been working alongside professional boat builders at Thornham Marina, Emsworth, for the last year, creating a boat from pieces of wood which people hold dear to them.

The launch will be at the marina on May 7 and Leigh Park craft organisation, Making Space, needs help to decorate the building.

It wants to add a splash of colour by inviting the public to create bunting with meaning.

Lynne Dick, from Making Space, said: ‘Bunting flags can be made out of any type of fabric that has a memory attached to it. Old curtains and clothes are both good candidates, as are oddments left over from a past project.

‘If you would like to drop into one of the Making Space Workshops, local artist, Georgina Giles will be on hand to help.

‘All of the workshops are free and anyone can attend.

‘There is no need to book and you can stay for as long as you like.’

The sessions are taking place on:

n March 24, 10.30am to 12.30pm at Hayling Island Community Centre

n March 31, 11am to 2pm at The Acorn Centre in Wecock Farm

n April 14, 10am to noon at Emsworth Baptist Church Hall

n April 14, 2pm to 4pm at Making Space, Leigh Park.

Pupils and community groups can make bunting in their own time by using a downloadable pack from makingspace.org and dropping them off by April 24. Tickets for the boat launch are free but must be booked in advance from theboatproject.com.