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Outdoor cinema, literary festival and jamboree coming to Shotley peninsula for Arthur Ransome East Coast Celebration

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:54 28 April 2017

Cast of Eastern Angles on board the Nancy Blackett during the production of We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea last summer. Picture: PETER WILLIS/NBT

Cast of Eastern Angles on board the Nancy Blackett during the production of We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea last summer. Picture: PETER WILLIS/NBT

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A vintage cinema bus, jamboree and literary festival are just some of the activities booked for a bumper programme of events coming to the Shotley peninsula this summer.

The Arthur Ransome East Coast Celebration, kicking off this week, marks 50 years since the death of the popular children’s author who once lived in Pin Mill.

While Ransome was in Suffolk, he wrote We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea, set on the peninsula.

Telling the story of a group of children sailing the Goblin – a boat almost identical to Ransome’s own vessel Nancy Blackett – it was one of the tales in his best-selling Swallows and Amazons series.

Legendary children's author Arthur Ransome
Legendary children's author Arthur Ransome

Today the Shotley Peninsula Tourism Action Group (TAG) is launching a string of events for 2017 to celebrate three landmark anniversaries. June 2017 will mark 50 years since Ransome’s death, 80 years since We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea was published and 20 years since the Nancy Blackett Trust was formed.

Suffolk Food Hall director and TAG chair Oliver Paul presented the programme at a launch event.

He said: “Ransome was a colourful character, in his own personal adventures and the stories he created. It’s a joy that much of the inspiration he created 80 years ago, and the details he described around the Shotley peninsula, are still here for all to appreciate. Our tourism group has pleasure in organising activities and events to celebrate the local magic Ransome created.”

Launch of the Arthur Ransome East Coast Celebration - from left, Anthony Cullen from the Pin Mill Studio, Jack Cripps from Ipswich Central, Nancy Blackett Trust President Peter Willis, Suffolk Food Hall director Oliver Paul, Tracey Brinkley from Babergh District Council. Picture: PAUL PRESS/OFFSHOOT FILMS Launch of the Arthur Ransome East Coast Celebration - from left, Anthony Cullen from the Pin Mill Studio, Jack Cripps from Ipswich Central, Nancy Blackett Trust President Peter Willis, Suffolk Food Hall director Oliver Paul, Tracey Brinkley from Babergh District Council. Picture: PAUL PRESS/OFFSHOOT FILMS

Kicking off the celebrations is The Pin Mill Arthur Ransome Jamboree – complete with a vintage cinema, swing boats, and brand new studio photographs – is being hosted on May 13.

Four exclusive Arthur Ransome trails will be set up for the Suffolk Walking Festival throughout May.

On June 1 the HMS Ganges Children’s Party comes to the Bristol Arms – the event will explore Suffolk’s connections with We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea.

Schools across the peninsula will take part in a sea shanty finale at Woolverstone Hall on June 22, and in July a script, sketch and sail event will see year six pupils produce Arthur Ransome-themed designs.

Outdoor film screenings are to be hosted at Suffolk Food Hall while a new literary festival will launch in October.

Visit the Arthur Ransome’s East Coast Facebook page for more information.

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