Portishead marina hosts festival

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 July 2018

Phoenix was blessed at the festival. Picture: Helen Lazenby

Phoenix was blessed at the festival. Picture: Helen Lazenby

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Portishead marina was full of music and laughter at the annual Festival on the Quay.

As the sun shone on the town, the event was started with a display from the Newfoundland Rescue Dogs, who rescued Winter Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams from the water.

A variety of stalls also provided much interest while live music from Sax In The City jazz band, Barnacle Buoys and Chess Club Heroes serenaded the bustling crowd.

RNLI volunteers were also in attendance, and took along an inflatable lifeboat and performed educational Beach Buddies puppet shows.

Marina manager Keith Berry said: “It was great to see so much support for the event here at Portishead Marina.

“Special thanks go to the marina team, Hall & Woodhouse, the RNLI and stallholders for making a good day great.

“We were lucky with the weather and everyone seemed to be having a great time.”

The festival was also a big day for Portishead Pilot Gig Club.

The club, which was set up in May last year, unveiled its first fibreglass training gig.

The vessel is named Phoenix to mark the transformation of the former coal-fired power station into the present-day marina.

Gig Club secretary Tanya Saker said: “It has been a really special day, a real celebration of maritime history in Portishead.

“We are so pleased to have Phoenix finally here.

“Since we set the club up last year we have been overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and support from the local community.

“Our membership has grown from five to 60 in just nine months and so to have our first fibreglass training gig was very much needed to enable us to continue to offer this affordable sport to the people of Portishead.

“We are looking forward to an exciting future of traditional gig rowing along our coastline and the joy, health and well-being benefits it will bring to the people of Portishead.”

The club is also celebrating a successful funding application to Sport England, which has given £10,000 towards the commissioning of a new wooden racing gig.

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