Der­ring-do on the Or­well

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THE Suf­folk ham­let of Pin Mill, on the River Or­well, is to be the cen­tre of cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing 50 years since Arthur Ran­some’s death and 80 years since the pub­li­ca­tion of We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea. Like another of his books, Se­cret Wa­ter, it be­gins at Pin Mill, where he kept his boats. It’s hoped that events will fos­ter the spirit of ‘chil­dren hav­ing ad­ven­tures, which is in­te­gral to his work’, says Oliver Paul of Suf­folk Food Hall, who chairs the lo­cal tourism group. Cel­e­bra­tions be­gin with a Pin Mill Jam­boree on May 13, with free sail­ing tasters for chil­dren. Ran­some’s old boats, the Nancy Black­ett and Peter Duck—which still sail the Or­well—will be there. Guided walks and film screen­ings are planned and, on June 3 (the an­niver­sary of his death), the Nancy Black­ett will lead a Parade of Sail down the Or­well. She will carry on to Hol­land, re-cre­at­ing the voy­age in We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea. Although Ran­some is bet­ter known for his as­so­ci­a­tion with the Lake District, Peter Wil­lis of the Nancy Black­ett Trust says this area was equally im­por­tant. ‘Pin Mill and its rivers and creeks acted as a tonic to his writ­ing; it is a spe­cial, quite se­cret, place.’ For de­tails, visit the Arthur Ran­some’s East Coast page on Face­book. Flora Watkins

The Nancy Black­ett (above) will lead a Parade of Sail down the Or­well

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