Wood with history is needed for boat build

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WOOD of all shapes and sizes is needed for a unique boat building project.

As part of the Cultural Olympiad, a 30ft yacht is being built in Emsworth made from donated pieces of wood, each with their own bit of personal history.

A documented history of each donated piece will be kept as a legacy to the 2012 London Olympics.

Gregg Whelan is one of the artists commissioned to work on the project by the Arts Council.

He said: ‘We’ve been open for 10 weeks and the response has been incredible. We’ve had thousands of people through the door bringing us hundreds of donations.

‘We still need wood donations We’ve had everything from a piece of the Ark Royal to a family’s much used 42-year-old bath brush – we’ll take anything so long as it has story.’

Another donation day for personally significant wooden objects will take place on May 28 at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant, from 10am to 5pm. Go to theboatproject.com.

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