Woodbridge homeowners support Sutton Hoo ship rebuild

Left to right: Jacq Barnard, Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company, Aimee Anderson, Suffolk Cottage Holidays, AJ Paul, owner of Vale Farm Barns, Lorraine Finn, owner of The Harbour Master’s House, Eamonn O’Nolan, Claire Ruffles, owner of Honeypot Cottage, Peter Finn, owner of The Harbour Master’s House, Felicity Gibson, Suffolk Cottage Holidays and Les Ruffles, owner of Honeypot Cottage (Photo: Abi Gagen, prominent PR)

A Woodbridge business has backed a project to reconstruct the famous Sutton Hoo Ship.

Suffolk Cottage Holidays sponsored 34 rivets, large metal nails which will hold the vessel together, on behalf of their Woodbridge based properties.

Homeowners attended The Longshed where the build is taking place for a special presentation of certificates and pin badges, presented by Eamonn O’Nolan, the former Mayor of Woodbridge.

The group were also given a tour of the Longshed and an update on the project from director Peter Clay, as part of the event.

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Julian Brackenbury, general manager of Suffolk Cottage Holidays said: “It’s a very exciting project and one that is great for the local area. As a local business based not only in Woodbridge but right around the corner from the Longshed, we were keen to get involved.

“Several of our homeowners are based in the town so sponsoring rivets was an obvious way to show our support. The certificates will be displayed in each of our homes to boost awareness of the project”

Sponsorship of the rivets is part of a crowdfunder – make ship happen – which aims to raise £1 million and has already had the support of local residents, businesses, historians and celebrities.

Philip Leech, Chairman of the Sutton Hoo Ships Company said: “It’s great to see local businesses getting behind the project and securing their part in history.

“More than 380 rivets have been sponsored so far and although we’ve still got a long way to go to reach our £1 million target, the support we have had to date has been incredible.

“I would like to thank the team at Suffolk Cottage Holidays and their members for getting involved, attending the event and spreading awareness of the project.”

For more information about the project and to sponsor a rivet, visit www.makeshiphappen.co.uk