Galleon sails into Fremington

11:33 09 April 2014

Parish Council chairman Rodney Cann is joined by youngsters to try out the new boat shaped climbing frame at Fremington Quay.

Parish Council chairman Rodney Cann is joined by youngsters to try out the new boat shaped climbing frame at Fremington Quay.

Archant

New attraction at Fremington Quay is already proving a hit with youngsters.

A wooden galleon has braved the blustery weather to sail into a permanent new home at Fremington Quay.

The striking vessel has already been boarded by swarms of young swashbucklers keen to sails the Seven Seas – with the Quay Café close by if it rains, of course.

The new £24,762 wooden play boat has been installed at the popular heritage site thanks to Devon Waste Management Landfill Tax contributions.

The ship, with climbing frame, slide and even a plank to walk, is the latest addition to the Heritage Centre and café site on the Tarka Trail, a popular spot for families, walkers and cyclists.

Fremington Parish Council chairman Rodney Cann, who led the bid to restore the road and quay at the former freight hub and Victorian port in the 1990s, said the latest extension to the Heritage Centre and the addition of the galleon brought the total investment on the site to some £750,000.

“Although the project has been a tremendous success, with a number of displays that were attractive to children, we recognised there was nothing provided specifically for them to play on,” he said.

“So we came up with the idea of this rather exciting play galleon.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 21:38
Ilfracombe Birdman 2015. Picture: Andy Keeble

Magnificent men and women in their flying machines draw huge crowds to town.

Read more
Fri, 23:16
The scene on the A39 tonight after two cars collided and caught fire. Picture: Kathryn-Racheal Ring

Road closed and reports of one man dragged from a blazing car as emergency services rush to the scene

Read more
Fri, 14:08
Green Lanes in Barnstaple.

Green Lanes Shopping Centre, Tuesday, August 4

Read more
Fri, 13:11
Phil Rayment photographed the Velella Velella on Westward Ho! beach.

Creature found on Westward Ho! beach is identified as a ‘by the wind sailor’.

Read more
Fri, 09:44

Police appeal for information after three birds found dead following ‘rare’ poison attack

Read more
Fri, 09:41
Do you recognise any of these items recovered by Barnstaple police?

Police have released a series of images of silver items believed to have been stolen in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Bideford and South Molton.

Read more
Fri, 09:10
The scene of the fire in Torrington.

A woman was taken to hospital after five fire crews battled to fight blaze at Torrington terraced home.

Read more
Fri, 08:20
Fiona Leighton-Fowler with Jessie Head, Marie Curie fundraiser for Devon. Picture: Sarah Howells

Braunton woman is raising money for Maria Curie by completing 50 challenges ahead of her 50th birthday.

Read more
Fri, 08:00
Sunshine at the North Devon Show.

The North Devon Show returns on Wednesday, August 5, with a jam-packed list of events. Find out 10 of the best things to look forward to here...

Read more
Fri, 08:00
ndg Orchard Vale Exmoor Youth Challenge Team with money raised.

Pupils raise £475.50 for Children’s Hospice South West with charity trek.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 16°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition


North Devon's trusted business finder