Swallows launch

Swallows and amazons -Richard Standing (Capt Flint) and Stuart McLoughlin (John Walker)
Swallows and amazons -Richard Standing (Capt Flint) and Stuart McLoughlin (John Walker)
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An iconic craft from the film adaptation of the children’s classic Swallows and Amazons has returned to its Lake District home just in time for a new stage tour which docks at Blackpool Grand Theatre for a week from Tuesday May 8.

The Swallow featured in the 1973 film starring Virginia McKenna and Ronald Fraser which was based on novelist Arthur Ransome’s beloved books.

The boat disappeared after the making of the film, but was found years later in a Thames boatyard. A group of 83 Ransome fans raised £5,500 to buy it at auction and had it restored and the famous vessel was sailed into the harbour of Peel Island on October 1 by Kendal district councillor Rob Boden.

The crew now hopes the boat will star in the re-make of the film which is being planned for next year and is said to also star Fylde-born actor David Thewlis.

And you can follow Captain John and his able crew live on stage at the Grand next year to set sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic musical adventure to encounter savages, capture dastardly pirates and defeat mortal enemies.

Based on the first of Arthur Ransome’s series of 12 famous children’s novels, Swallows and Amazons is set in the Lake District in 1929 and tells the story of the holiday exploits of the Walker and Blackett children, their sailing dinghies – the Swallow and the Amazon – and their exciting summer adventures.

The action-packed musical treat for the whole family is a heart-warming tale of an idyllic era and the beauty and excitement of youthful imagination.

Ticket and performance time details from the box office on (01253) 743339, online at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or at the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Hounds Hill Shopping Centre.