Last chance to see the Discovery

VIDEO This weekend will be the last chance to get a glimpse of the replica of the Discovery ship that carried people of Suffolk to the New World 400 years ago.

THIS weekend will be the last chance to get a glimpse of the replica of the Discovery ship that carried people of Suffolk to the New World 400 years ago.

The boat has been so popular that around 600 people a day have flocked to see it and get a view of the experiences travellers would have had.

The boat is currently moored outside the Old Custom House on Ipswich waterfront and trained actors help to recreate the voyage of the Discovery that sailed in 1607.

The seven day Discovery experience began on this Monday and is set to end next Monday, August 13.


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The free tours begin at 10am and finish at 6pm and will run today and all over the weekend before visiting Harwich later in the month.

David Stainer, from the tourist information centre, said: “It's been a spectacular success; we've been really thrilled to bits, we've had about 600 people a day.”

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Mr Stainer said he believes it's been so popular because it's a bit different to other summer holiday activities.

He said: “It's very different, it's relevant to local heritage, the captain of the Discovery was an Ipswich man and a lot of the settlers were Suffolk people.

“We've had a lot of local people going on board and a lot of people from outside Ipswich, from as far away as America, Wales and Liverpool.”

The tourist information centre will be holding guided walks from the Discovery from 11am everyday, ending at Christchurch Mansion.

There is also an exhibition about the Discovery being held at Christchurch Mansion until October.

For more information call the tourist information centre on 01473 258070.

n. Have you been to see the boat? What did you think? Write to Your Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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