Ali Grant writes:
As most of you will be aware, the skiff project got a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, not only to build the 2nd skiff, but primarily to capture and document the history of rowing in Portobello. Myself and Bob Jefferson have been leading on this, sourcing previously unseen archive material and tracking down and interviewing members of the original rowing clubs, whose ages range from 77 to 93! This has resulted in us the donation of 2 old rowing boats and a set of oars.
Time has been against us in terms of having something ready for the regatta, but Bob has put together an illustrated talk which will take us all through the history of rowing in Portobello; how it got started, what it was like in its hey day, it’s demise and of course, how we have resurrected it.
This talk will take place on Thursday 22nd July at 6pm in the Community Lounge of Portobello Library. On that night, we will also have at least 3 of the original rowing club members present who can give you their experiences first hand and share their tips! We will have a selection of original memorabilia as well.
The event is limited to 50 places and some of those have been grabbed already. Therefore, if you would like to attend, please can you email me.
If it is over subscribed, we can repeat it at a later date.
The plan is to develop it into a DVD including footage of the regatta and other material we collect throughout the year.