Get involved in Olympic boat launch by making bunting

THE PUBLIC has been urged to help celebrate the launch of special olympic boat project by creating bunting at organised events.

The Boat Project based at Thornham Marina, in Thorney Island, has see the creation of a boat from donated wooden objects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

It will be launched on Monday, May 7, the Mayday Bank Holiday, with a public celebration at the marina.

Before then a series of workshops have been announced to make as much bunting to add a splash of colour to the event.

If you are unable to make one of the sessions, run by Making Spaces, then you can download a bunting template from

Bunting flags can be made out of any type of fabric that has a memory attached to it. Old curtains and clothes are both good candidates, as are oddments left over from a past project. If you would like to drop into one of the Making Space Workshops, local artist, Georgina Giles will be on hand to help. All of the workshops are free and anyone can attend. There is no need to book and you can stay for as long as you like.

The sessions are taking place on: March 24, 10.30am-12.30 pm at Hayling Island Community Centre, March 31, 11am-2pm at The Acorn Centre in Wecock Farm, April 14, 10am-12 noon at Emsworth Baptist Church Hall, and April 14, 2pm-4pm at Making Space, Leigh Park.

The launch on May 7 takes place at Thornham Marina from 11am to 3pm. There will be live music, local food and drink and activities to entertain all ages.

The event is free with an advance ticket. Tickets are available from from March 21

Finished flags can be dropped into Making Space (Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm) or posted to; Making Space, 2 Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5BN. The closing date is the April 23. For more information please contact Making Space at call 023 92472491.