Highlights of last year’s Arthur Ransome’s East Coast anniversary celebrations on the Shotley Peninsula have now been captured in a short film – available to watch below in fullscreen high-definition…
Nancy Blackett features strongly in the 13-minute compilation, along with Nancy Blackett Trust President Peter Willis, who originated the idea of marking the double anniversary – 50 years since Ransome’s death and 80 since the publication of “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea”.
The idea was taken up by the local council-backed Tourism Action Group, and produced a remarkable range of activities, including the new Arthur Ransome Trail along the bank of the Orwell from Pin Mill to Shotley, a traditional ‘Jamboree‘ on the Green at Pin Mill, and a Ransome-inspired musical event created by local schoolchildren.
The year is summed up by Michael Evans of Mid-Suffolk and Babergh District Council as “Communities working together to deliver something tangible – a really positive demonstration of what this beautiful part of the country is all about”.
And the final word is given to Peter Willis: “It’s brought Arthur Ransome’s East Coast alive, and hopefully it will go on being something people will enjoy for a long time to come.”