Yarmouth's historic boat heads restored and returned home
- Credit: Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Restored historic boat heads dating back to the 1950s have returned to their home in Great Yarmouth.
Four out of the five original boat figureheads have been returned to Yarmouth’s Venetian Waterways.
They were “lovingly” restored by local expert Kelvin Thatcher.
The figureheads – made of mahogany and in the shape of various animal heads – were added to the gondolas which were used to take families around the Waterways site between the late 1950s and 1980s.
The work undertaken was of a delicate nature due to the condition and age of the wood, with many of the boat heads rotten and missing parts.
But one boat head was damaged beyond repair.
Now returned to their original beauty, the figureheads have been placed on the most northerly island of the recently restored Venetian Waterways as standalone pieces.
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Michelle Burdett, head of inward investment at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “It’s exciting to have the restored boat heads returning to the Waterways and displayed throughout, as they are really interesting pieces of work to look at with a lot of history.”