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London 2012 Olympic boat project launch in Gravesend today

PUBLISHED: 09:03 16 June 2011

The famous lime tree on Kent County Cricket Club

The famous lime tree on Kent County Cricket Club

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Parts of an iconic lime tree which used to stand proudly at Kent County Cricket Ground, childhood toys and the original flooring from a government building will become part of a ship celebrating the London 2012 Olympics.

In a unique event for the Cultural Olympiad the Arts Council is producing a ship-worthy boat from donated wood, being collected today outside Gravesend Civic Centre.

The famous lime tree that once stood proudly on St Lawrence Cricket Ground, Canterbury, blew down in 2005, but will now be used to celebrate the Olympics arriving on these shores.

Jamie Clifford, CEO at the club, said: “The original lime tree was such an integral feature of the ground and an iconic symbol of Kent Cricket’s rich history.

“It is great to be involved with such a worthwhile initiative.”

Other donations will include the flooring of the original Gravesham Civic Centre, a Cinderella coach used in Woodville Halls pantomimes and a pew from the Methodist Church, Milton Road.

Mayor of Gravesham Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi will also donate a wooden walker belonging to his family for generations.

The 30ft ship, once built, will sail along the South Coast to finish in London for the beginning of the Olympics next year.

Organisers are also calling for members of the public to attend from noon to 7pm today to donate. Each wooden memento will be recorded and the owner will be able to tell its story to camera. Crew members are also required and officials will be on hand to explain what would be required.

Visit www.theboatproject.com.

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