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Gig project appeals for more stories, photos

A new online digital archive on pilot gig rowing is appealing for any documents people may have relating to the sport.

Thousands of stories and photographs dating back to the 1920s have already been donated to the project, which was launched last June.

Pulling Together the Past, led by the Cornish Pilot Gig Association, aims to record irreplaceable historical data on pilot gig rowing for future generations.

The ambitious project was awarded £5,000 from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s Community Fund, the biggest donation made by the fund to date.

A team of 27 volunteers are working to digitalise the photos, videos, stories and artefacts which have been collected so far.

Project Manager Karen Beswetherick said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has donated already, but we feel we are only just scratching the surface of what is out there.

“We’d appeal to anyone out there with any documents relating to pilot gig rowing to get in touch so we can add it to the archive.”

Pilot gig rowing is synonymous with the Isles of Scilly, with hundreds of rowers visiting the islands for the World Pilot Gig Championships each May.

The last round of applications for the Steamship Group's charitable fund, which awards grants of up to £10,000, closes on February 28th.


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