New pirate ship sails the high seas at Crowland pre-school

Celebrations for the launch of the new pirate ship at Abbey 345 Pre-School. SG040516-128TW
Celebrations for the launch of the new pirate ship at Abbey 345 Pre-School. SG040516-128TW
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The skull and crossbones flag was greeted with excitement from children at Abbey 345 Pre-School in Crowland because it means they have a new pirate ship to play on.

Shed builder John Kilby turned his hand to ship building for the one-off project and the £3,000 cost was met by the pre-school and three district councillors for Crowland, Bryan Alcock, Jim Astill and Angela Harrison, who each gave £500 from their ward budgets.

Children dressed as pirates or princesses for the launch and were joined by Elsa (Georgia Evans) from Disney film Frozen as well as Coun Alcock and Coun Astill.

The pre-school’s early years manager, Kathy Crouch, said they previously had a pirate ship but it became unsafe and they had to have it demolished and disposed of last summer.

She said a new one from a specialist company would have cost a minimum of £4,000 – while some ranged up to £20,000 – and they were glad to find a local craftsman to do the work.

The ship is about 14ft long and 6ft high and includes a cabin, where children can take a picnic, and there’s an upper deck complete with telescopes so the youngsters can look over the sports field and woodland garden.