HUNTER’S HER­ITAGE

EDP Norfolk - - The Broads -

For more than 80 years, the beau­ti­ful wooden her­itage yachts from Hunter’s Yard have graced the Broads.

Founded by Percy Hunter and his sons Cyril and Stan­ley in the 1930s, the fleet re­mained in the fam­ily un­til 1968 when it was sold to Norfolk County Coun­cil and re­named the Norfolk County Sail­ing Base. The aim was to main­tain the traditions of the yard, while en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to learn to sail, in­clud­ing school and youth groups.

How­ever, when the coun­cil de­cided to sell part of the fleet as part of cost-cut­ting mea­sures in 1995, there was huge pub­lic out­cry and a cam­paign, led by staff and vol­un­teers at the yard and the Eastern Daily Press, saw the his­toric boats saved.

Thanks to a com­bi­na­tion of fundrais­ing and a grant from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, the Norfolk Her­itage Fleet Trust was formed and took over the yard in 1996, ac­quir­ing and main­tain­ing the fleet, the yard and the tra­di­tional boat build­ing meth­ods used through­out the gen­er­a­tions.

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