Gig boat memorial

Joseph Bulmer

NORTH Devon gig clubs, family and friends turned out on Saturday to support Bideford Pilot Gig Club in a poignant riverside re-naming ceremony for their boat.

The gig was re-named Janice Anne in memory of local woman Janice Anne Aitken, who died two years ago.

She was the sister of the Bideford club’s president Eric Scott and the Scott family made donations to the club in her memory. The naming was performed by her mother Phyllis Scott of Northam.

The naming of the gig was an appropriate memory of a woman with a lifetime involvement in working for children and for sporting activities.

Janice was a school teacher and had worked for many years in Tanzania, where she was a head teacher and also worked to raise funds and help children orphaned by AIDS.

The boat was blessed by the Rev Alan Glover of Bideford Parish Church and Mayor of Bideford, Cllr Philip Pester, was among those taking part in the ceremony.

The gig club is currently seeking funding to buy a new training boat and the day also saw this started off with the donation of �1,000 by the Appledore and Bideford key draw charity.

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