Reading marathon to honour Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome

Griff Rhys Jones in 8 hour reading marathon of the book We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The TV star Griff Rhys Jones has been part of an 8 hour reading marathon to celebrate the author of Swallows and Amazons.

Seven people read before him and 19 people followed in a continuous reading of Arthur Ransome's We Didn't Mean To Go to Sea which was published 80 years ago.

It all took place at Pin Mill Sailing Club near Ipswich where the famous author was once a member and where he sailed the Nancy Blackett, named after his Swallows and Amazons heroine.

Below is a report by ITV Anglia's Natalie Gray.

"This marks the 80th anniversary of the publication of We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea which was written here in Pin Mill by Arthur Ransome who lived here at the time and was a member of the Pin Mill sailing club and we thought what better way to celebrate the anniversary of the book than to actually read the whole thing."

Peter Willis, Marathon organiser