Griff Rhys Jones to join other stars at Suffolk reading of famous Arthur Ransome tale

Griff Rhys Jones. Photo: Emile Holba

Griff Rhys Jones. Photo: Emile Holba - Credit: Emile Holba

TV star Griff Rhys Jones is among a host of big names coming together for a marathon reading of a historic children’s book in Suffolk.

Marking 80 years since Arthur Ransome’s We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea was written, dozens of people are set to gather at Pin Mill Sailing Club – of which Mr Ransome was a member – this weekend.

The book, published in 1937, is part of the Swallows and Amazons series and is set on the banks of the River Orwell.

Chapters will be read aloud, from beginning to end, over around eight hours starting from 9am on Saturday.

Libby Purves, Julia Jones and Francis Wheen are also set to join in with the celebrations.


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The reading rounds off a bumper summer packed full of activities to remember Mr Ransome and the legacy his book has left on the Shotley Peninsula.

Griff will be performing a one-man show at Suffolk Food Hall in the evening.

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