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Exmouth Coastwatch and Viking Longboat

viking(5)100pxExmouth Coastwatch were delighted to help the pupils of Exmouth Road Community Primary School with their project learning all about the Vikings. The project included having "in school" Viking days, Viking dress up days and latterly the construction of a Viking longboat so the pupils could enact a Viking funeral which meant they wanted to launch a self-made model longboat from Exmouth beach and setting it on fire.

We were delighted to support the pupils through the head teacher, Paul Gosling, by providing safety advice prior to the day and ensuring the Coastwatch lookout was manned for the duration by Ian Coupe and Hugh De Souza who kept a very interested Solent Coastguard briefed on the progress of the funeral pyre as it moved with the falling tide to ultimately become beached with just embers remaining which were cleared by the pupils.

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On conclusion the pupils visited the Exmouth Coastwatch lookout tower to observe the working of the watchkeepers and each was awarded a junior watchkeeper badge.

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