Bringing ‘Swallows and Amazons’ within reach

Originally posted by Sophie Neville:

‘Unlike other films, ‘Swallows and Amazons’ is within children’s reach,’ I was told last weekend. It’s true any child can pretend that their bed is a sailing dinghy taking them out to a deserted island where they can camp. And when you are a little bit older – it’s not impossible to join a sailing club.

We took Swallow to join the Aldeburgh Junior Lapwings on the River Alde in Suffolk.

One intrepid sailor had bought her own Lapwing for £100, raising the money by busking in Aldeburgh High Street. Tilly renovated and varnished the clinker-built dinghy herself…

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