One of the world’s foremost knot experts to lecture in King’s Lynn

Des Pawson MBE will be giving the Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture

Des Pawson MBE will be giving the Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture - Credit: Archant

Des Pawson was awarded an MBE in 2007 for his services to the rope industry.

He will speak at The Second Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture, in memory of the driving force behind True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum in the town.

Mr Pawson said: 'Knots were the building blocks of civilisation and their significance tends to be overlooked.

'Historically, for example, the 'Monkey's Fist' had a very positive meaning to a sailor. It is a single chord wound into a tight sphere at the very end; the design added weight to the end of the heaving line.

'When a ship came to shore, the sailor would throw the line and that knot would be his first connection to land. It would also be thrown to a vessel if another ship was in distress at sea. Knots had important meanings for these men. '

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Mr Pawson's talk 'For Sailor, Rigger and Sailmaker' will include demonstrations of traditional tools used in knot making.

Dr Paul Richards, chairman of the Trustees at True's Yard, said: 'Pat's dedication was instrumental to True's Yard. She loved education and research, and the annual lecture helps keep her memory alive.'

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- The Second Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture will take place at the Town Hall in King's Lynn on Thursday (April 9) from 7pm. Tickets are £4. For more information contact True's Yard on 01553 770479.

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