Grimsay Boat Haven organise virtual launch

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When Grimsay Community Association on North Uist had to cancel its planned two-day extravaganza of events and activities to celebrate the launch of the new Grimsay Boat Haven due to coronavirus, organisers were understandably disappointed.

But undeterred, the team decided to film a short video in a ‘soft launch’ of the new Boat Haven, including a tour of the boats that are on display.

As the only maritime heritage centre in the Western Isles, the Grimsay Boat Haven provides a focus for ther island history and identity. From the popular Grimsay Boat Days to the new Boat Haven, Grimsay has been active in preserving the Uists’ boatbuilding and fishing heritage for more than 20 years.

Matthew Topsfield, programme leader with Grimsay Community Association, said: ‘Unfortunately, current travel restrictions and social distancing meant that the launch could not go ahead. Rest assured that as soon as it is allowed and practicable we will be organising a celebratory event at the new Grimsay Boat Haven. We will keep this under review and advise you all as soon as we can make appropriate plans.

‘However, we have prepared a short video to launch the new Boat Haven in the meantime, including a tour of the boats that are on display. We hope that you will enjoy this video.’

This project is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-2020 programme. Grimsay Community Association is grateful for the assistance of the Robertson Trust and many other supporters.

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