Gig for a Gig

Lyme Regis Gig Club

Lyme Regis Gig Club

Lyme Regis Gig Club is presenting an evening of entertainment, and a celebration of rowing at sea, at The Marine Theatre on Saturday October 1st from 7.30pm to help raise funds for its third Cornish Pilot Gig.
The entertainment includes local musicians The Yellow Room who will be performing to an illustrated backdrop of the boats in action; songs from singer and guitarist Ian Wood; a cappella singers Slipstream; and the club’s own shanty-man, Ian Thomson.  The gig club’s own shanty singers will be performing their favourite traditional songs as well as original shanties created to celebrate the launch of the gig club’s own boats.  The audience will have the opportunity to join in a rousing chorus or two between drinks from the bar.
Also, local boat-builder Gail McGarva, the first lady to build gigs, will be telling fascinating stories of the crafting of traditional boats, including the much admired gigs she has built in Lyme for the club.

Organiser, Sue Beckers, said today: “Very few people have had the chance to hear Gail speak about her very special craft.  We want people to come and see what the club is about and how the boats are built while enjoying a relaxing drink from the bar, with café style seating and some great music.”
Funds raised from this concert will go towards the club’s third wooden boat to be named Tempest and there will be an opportunity to sponsor parts of the boat, ranging from ribs and planking to rivets. 

The club, founded in 2007, hopes to encourage more members of the community to join and learn to row at sea.  Some members train hard to race against more than sixty other clubs, largely from the South West, others prefer to engage in a more sedate recreational row.
Doors open at 7:30pm.  Tickets are £8 (£6 for over-65s and under-18s) and are available from:
•        Lyme Tourist information Office – 01297 442138.
•        Lyme Net –
•        And via email to

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