Tectona lit up for Christmas!
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Christmas celebrations on Plymouth's Barbican kicks off this year following the annual Thanksgiving ceremony on 27 November.

A large Mayflower themed Christmas tree will provide the main focal point when people are invited to gather around for an evening of entertainment. The Barbican’s Christmas lights will be switched on just after 6pm followed by carol singing, readings, poems and a visit from Santa creating a warm, festive family atmosphere.

Adding to the festivities will be the Tectona, berthed nearby on the Barbican, suitably illuminated and open to visitors wishing to come aboard.

Opening times (this will be when she is easy to step on to) are as follows:

  • Thursday 27 November: 6pm-8pm
  • Friday 28 November: 7pm-8pm
  • Saturday 29 November: 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Sunday 30 November: 10.30am-1.30pm.

Please contact Roger Crabtree on 07740 406529 to ensure someone is there to greet you if you're planning to visit Tectona!

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About Tectona

Tectona is a gaff rigged ketch built in India in 1929 and managed by the Island Trust as a youth sail training ship. She was the sail training ketch between 1964 and 1980 for the-then School of Navigation (which later evolved into Plymouth University) and was used to give seagoing experience to students, under the guidance of (by today's standards very highly qualified) senior staff. 

Since then she has been again showing her amazing fitness for purpose as a sail training vessel. The Tectona Trust loans her free of charge to the Island Trust, who make many voyages out of Plymouth with needy young people, including many from the new Marine Academy Plymouth whose stakeholders include Plymouth University.

Tectona also hosted a party on board to celebrate the University's 150th Anniversary and the new Marine Institute in 2012.

Visit the Tectona Trust website for more information.

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