Vessel full of stories and laden with history embraces a Collective Spirit

The mayor and mayoress of Eastbourne Cllr Mike and Mrs Linda Thompson with the visiting Jubilee boat made of conributed wooden items. July 5th 2012 E27194N
The mayor and mayoress of Eastbourne Cllr Mike and Mrs Linda Thompson with the visiting Jubilee boat made of conributed wooden items. July 5th 2012 E27194N
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THE ROYALS were not the only recent special visitors to Sovereign Harbour.

One the same day that Prince Edward and his wife Sophie came to town to officially name the new Eastbourne lifeboat, a ship made out of 1,200 pieces of donated wood also sailed into the harbour.

The boat, called Collective Spirit, stopped off on its way round the south coast as part of an Arts Council funded project.

The team behind the boat asked people across the UK to send in small bits of wood with a story behind them which were then used to fashion the craft.

And among those they received were a piece of one Jimi Hendrix’s guitars, a toy helicopter, a chunk of the Mary Rose, a plank from the London 2012 Olympic velodrome, a piece of Brighton’s West Pier, hockey sticks, a policeman’s truncheon and a hairbrush used by a make-up artist at London’s iconic Pinewood Studios in the 1960s.

As well as turning heads in Sovereign Harbour, the crew gave locals tours of their boat, a talk on their journey so far and even joined in with a sea shanty sing-along session.