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Different kind of gig for the Blake boys

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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ACCLAIMED band Blake will be getting a taste of traditional Cornish life ahead of their show at the Hall For Cornwall on Sunday when they join the Cornish Pilot Gig Association (CPGA) at Charlestown for a spot of rowing followed by refreshments at the recently refurbished Rashleigh Arms.

The three-part vocal group will be competing against each other in three traditional Cornish pilot gigs, Defiance, Petroc and Vilt.

The boys will then join some of the CPGA membership for a pint of Tribute and a pasty back at the Rashleigh Arms. This is where the Charlestown gigs are stored in the boat shed and where the club meets socially every week.

Humphrey, from Blake, said: "Having a communal love of water sports and the sea and having seen some pictures of the Cornish pilot gigs we are really looking forward to getting out onto the water and having a go, let the race begin. After all the effort of the race, we'll be looking forward to a pasty."

Chairman of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association Jason Nicholas said: "We are thrilled that the boys from Blake want to have a go at this exciting sport which is so closely linked with Cornwall's history and heritage. Rowing is a fantastic fun and accessible sport which anyone can join in with, and on Saturday, May 10, we will be holding 'come and try' days across the country for people to see what it's like for themselves."

See www.cpga.co.uk or contact your local club.

Blake will be rowing in Charlestown at 10.30am on Sunday.

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