Gigs need new home

Torridge pilot gig club is looking for a place to keep its four boats after being made to leave its former home.

A GIG club are desperate to find a new home for their boats after being evicted from their former location in Richmond Dry Dock.

Torridge Pilot Gig Club were asked to remove their four gigs by the ship-breaking company leasing the dock as their insurance would not cover them being there with all the heavy machinery.

Geoff Sharpe, chairman of the club, is appealing for help in finding a suitable home for the 32-foot-long gigs as soon as possible.

He said: “Ideally we need somewhere close to a slipway, and although we can cover the boats we would like them to be indoors as these are expensive pieces of equipment and we want to protect them.

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“We have been in contact with Torridge District Council about keeping them in Churchfield car park in Appledore, which would be ideal as we could access the water easily.”

Terry Bowden, a member of the gig club, said: “One of the boats is currently at the Isle of White, and local artist Sandy Brown has been very generous in temporarily housing our equipment.

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“But we really need to find a permanent home as soon as possible; them sat on trailers around Appledore isn’t ideal.”

The club needs a place to store its two traditional wooden boats, worth around �20,000 each and two plastic boats which cost �7,000-�8,000 each.

If you think you can help, call the Newsdesk on 01271 345056 or email

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