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Gig heritage display 'very well attended'

The Cornish Pilot Gig Association's heritage project attracted hundreds of visitors over the World Championships weekend.

Pulling Together the Past, which aims to record irreplaceable historical data on pilot gig rowing for future generations, was on display at the Town Hall.

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

CPGA Trustee Claire Tripp told Radio Scilly that the display was "very well attended".

She said: "We’ve uploaded over 1,300 pictures this weekend and the Gibson collection online. Luckily we’ve had over 1,300 people in to look at them."

She said that the project - which has the tagline '30 Years of Blood, Sweat and Beers' - has captured the imagination of the rowing community.

"I think it being 30 years, the exhibition has caught the zeitgeist and people are looking backwards before they look forwards for next year. People are coming in and seeing familiar faces and laughing about adventures that have happened in the past. It’s been really good fun hearing everyone's tales of woe and tribulations and disqualifications and also the hilarity.

"Coming here has been great because we’ve had a chance to bring the whole gig rowing community together. Standing and watching everybody enjoy the content and having [the Town Hall] packed full of people at different points throughout the day has really been a highlight for me. We’ve had some people who live on the islands come in and tell their stories too, like the last time a gig went to wreck."

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