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Buccaneers help launch maritime exhibition

Watercolour by John Bromley, from the St Ives school, showing the waterfront behind The Schooner in about 1880

Watercolour by John Bromley, from the St Ives school, showing the waterfront behind The Schooner in about 1880

MORRIS dancers will help launch the new season at Manor Cottage Heritage Centre in Southwick.

The first exhibition, called Southwick, Sea and Ships, opens at the Southwick Street centre on Saturday.

A performance by the Old Shoreham Buccaneers Morris Dancers at 2pm will mark the occasion.

The exhibition draws together paintings of the sea and ships from the Southwick Society’s collections, depicting the town over the last 150 years.

Secretary Nigel Divers said: “We are delighted to welcome the Buccaneers to the cottage to help us celebrate our long history and our maritime heritage. I am sure that the significance of the side’s name will not go unnoticeed.”

The varied range of scenes include sailing ships and steam paddle tugs in the 1880s, the building of the Mystery Towers in world war one, world war two defences, Kingston Lighthouse and ships and construction works at the harbour in the 1950s.

The exhibition is open on Saturdays until June 28, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, with extended opening hours to 4pm on Saturday, as well as May 31 and June 7.

Mr Divers added: “This exhibition is a must for anybody interested in Southwick’s maritime history or watercolour paintings.

“Unfortunately we do not have the space to have these pictures on display all the time and we are pleased to exhibit them now. Some of these pictures have never been exhibited before.”

 

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