Boat builder’s royal diary date with Princess

David Moss (centre) with employees Michael Wilson and Alex Pickersgill
David Moss (centre) with employees Michael Wilson and Alex Pickersgill
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Princess Anne is to visit the banks of the River Wyre to meet a Catterall craftsman who is a living legend in the specialised world of wooden boat building.

Master shipwright David Moss, 66, who is celebrating half a century in the highly skilled profession, is to welcome the Princess Royal to his boatyard at Skippool Creek.

Aware of the Royal family’s interest in sailing, he wrote to Buckingham Palace telling officials about his 50 years as a boatbuilder.

David, who is one of less than a handful of boat builders specialising in wooden craft in northern England, said he was delighted to get a response saying Princess Anne would be paying him a visit on Wednesday, September 10.

Among those present will be David’s wife, Rosemary (a former secretary at Wyre Council), Knott End coastguard John Bradbury, current and former staff, as well as current and former customers whose nautical preferences are for traditionally built wooden vessels.

Princess Anne is a fairly regular visitor to rural Wyre, and is no stanger to Skippool. She was last in the port in 2006 when she visited B&FC Yacht Club on its 100th birthday.

She was in Garstang last November to visit a charity shop, and has officially opened enterprises, including Barton Grange Garden Centre and Great Eccleston Village Centre.