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Norfolk charity fundraising to restore a Wells Whelker boat

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The Norfolk charity, Rescue Wooden Boats, has a new project in mind.

Not content with restoring Lucy Laver, a former lifeboat that took part in the Dunkirk 'Little Ships' evacuation, it now wants to get a former whelker, Bessie, back on the water.

Bessie also took part in the rescue flotilla, in a secret mission to save a VIP from the beaches of Normandy.

No one knows who he was.

Bessie needs £50,000 worth of work to get her back on the water Credit: Rescue Wooden Boats

Bessie was built in 1935 for the Cox family who whelked with her out of Wells-next-the-Sea for 30 years.

Now she's in the Hewitt boatyard at Stiffkey waiting for David, George and Tom to bring her back to her former glory.

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