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Bewdley man builds pirate ship for sister's nursery
4:40pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A BEWDLEY man has spent two years designing and building a wooden pirate ship for the Kidderminster nursery his sister owns.
Kevan Spencer, who now lives in Cheltenham, was asked to make a rowing boat that children could play on by his sister Clare Smith, who owns Church House Nursery, in Brook Street.
Deciding the project was not ambitious enough, Mr Spencer thought he would make a pirate ship and practised by making a scale model out of a cereal box.
Church House Nursery is a family affair as the siblings’ mother, Gwen Spencer, founded it more than thirty years ago and Mr Spencer’s three-year-old daughter Elizabeth also attends.
Mrs Smith, 49, said: “The pirate ship is an investment in my business. It’s amazing. It’s had a full risk assessment and it’s safe for children. Kevan can make anything out of anything.”
Mr Spencer has spent two years working on the ship in his spare time, on the driveway of his mother’s Bewdley home.
To celebrate the ship docking at the nursery, children have been taking part in a pirate-themed week, with fancy dress and pirate songs and stories.
Mr Spencer, a group commercial director of a luxury homes business, said: “In keeping with the nursery policy of no weapons, there are no guns on the pirate ship and the traditional skull and cross-bones have been replaced with a more friendly flag – to avoid scaring younger children.
“My lifelong passion is sailing, I have been a qualified yacht skipper since my early 20s. I intend to sail the oceans of the world when I retire – I have tried to reflect my passion for the sea with the construction of the pirate ship, which is as authentic as I could make it.”
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