Lyme Regis boat builder meets The Princess Royal

PUBLISHED: 17:05 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:38 15 June 2010

Gail McGarva meets Princess Anne

Gail McGarva meets Princess Anne

A LYME Regis boat builder was presented with £13,500 by Princess Anne for a community project. Gail McGarva was given money was from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) during the Royal Warrant Holders Association luncheon, on Tuesday, June2. Th

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A LYME Regis boat builder was presented with £13,500 by Princess Anne for a community project.

Gail McGarva was given money was from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) during the Royal Warrant Holders Association luncheon, on Tuesday, June2.

The scholarship will enable Gail to build a wooden 'by eye' boat - one which does not use designer drawings.

She will build a Lerret, which is a traditional Dorset fishing boat. It will be under the mentorship of one of the few remaining 'by eye,' boat builders, Roy Gollop.

Gail said: "I'm absolutely delighted and very much appreciative of the fact that the ward will allow the craft of traditional boat building to continue on into the next generation.

"The QEST is very much looking to preserve crafts that might be in danger of being lost. The money will help conserve traditional wooden boat building. And Roy, who is a retired boat builder, will be guiding me."

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is designed to advance education in modern and traditional crafts and trades in the UK. The scholarships are awarded twice a year for training and work experience.

QEST was endowed by The Royal Warrant Holders Association. The Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales. They have always been regarded as demonstrating excellence and quality and are highly prized.

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