STOP PRESS NEWS. MP opened our first exhibition of the season
MP Alan Mak cutting the ribbon.
Emsworth Museum's first exhibition of the year marks the tenth anniversary of the relaunch of "Terror"', the only remaining oyster boat from Emsworth's historic oyster trade. The exhibition's opening was attended by over three dozen members on a cold Easter Saturday morning. They were welcomed by the Museum's Chairman, Mr Tony Stimson, who reminded them that the Museum, has an important role to play in the community.
The Chairman welcomed Mr. Alan Mak, MP for Havant, and invited him to open the exhibition. Mr.Mak expressed his pleasure at attending the exhibition; He praised the Museum for its work in preserving local history and wished it continued success and declared the exhibition open.
The chairman then welcomed Mr. Chris Clode, and Dr. Richard Austin of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy, who both spoke of the important contribution the boat now makes to the community's enjoyment of this beautiful stretch of coastline. Dr. Austin said that the boat brings people together and that we all have a responsibility to look after her.
Mr.Clode, Chairman of the 'Terror Management Committee' responsible to the executive committee of the 'Friends of Chichester Harbour', a volunteer group which looks after the boat, explained that from the beginning of May to September each year "Terror" is available to take visitors on two-hour trips along the local shoreline - for a very reasonable price!
M.P. Alan Mak was then escorted around the exhibits, which included a scale model of "Terror" and a series of attractive wall posters giving her history and details of her restoration. She is an open-decked working sailboat whose restoration was begun by maritime enthusiasts Chris White and James Christmas and completed by the Chichester Harbour Conservancy; she was relaunched in September 2006 at Emsworth's Town Quay. The Curator, Philip Magrath then gave him a conducted tour of the rest of the museum.
Picture above: L to R Chris Clode, Alan Mak, Richard Austin & Tony Stimson.
Report: Elizabeth Wilding. Pictures: John Tweddell