A stroll along the Deben

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Dinghies on the Deben

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Concertina player and occasional songsmith Alan Day is one of those unfortunates who would enjoy boats and boating – if only their seasickness were less severe.

Alan tells me he gets seasick standing in a puddle, but his affliction hasn’t prevented him taking this series of photos along the banks of the River Deben in Essex a few days ago. I must say it looks charming and I look forward to visiting by water sometime.

Note the name of the old wooden motor cruiser in the final photo. I gather it belongs to a local man of the cloth.

If anyone can add any information about the boats in the photos please, I’d be most grateful!

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The tragic story of an Orkney ‘witch’

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Alan Day

Alan Day plays concertina

Our good friend and excellent concertina player Alan Day sang us a gut-wrenchingly tragic song telling the story of a young Orkney girl accused of witchcraft the other day.

We were very struck by it, and Alan has kindly let us have an mp3 sample of The Orkney Witch to share with intheboatshed.net readers – please let us and him know if you enjoy it, or learn it for yourself.

The tale seems to be genuine enough – or at least it has very common currency on Orkney.