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Cley landscape painting donated to help fund village’s harbour project

PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 March 2019 | UPDATED: 07:37 13 March 2019

Cloud study 44, Cley by Rachel Lockwood. Pictures: supplied by Cley harbour committee

Cloud study 44, Cley by Rachel Lockwood. Pictures: supplied by Cley harbour committee

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A painting by a well-known Norfolk artist will be sold to help fund ongoing work at Cley-next-the-Sea harbour in north Norfolk.

Cley Harbour , April 2018.  Pictures: supplied by Cley harbour committeeCley Harbour , April 2018. Pictures: supplied by Cley harbour committee

Artist Rachel Lockwood, who is based in the village, has donated an oil painting, Cloud study 44, Cley, to the Cley Harbour project.

Proceeds from the sale of the painting will help fund further dredging work to enable larger boats access to the harbour.

Cley once boasted one of the most important ports in the UK, but siltation and land reclamation led to its estuary becoming unnavigable.

Until a few years ago, all that remained was the narrow River Glaven, but in 2014, a group of volunteers joined forces to bring this once-thriving part of Cley back to life.

Donations were pledged, working parties organised and gradually Cley harbour has come back into being. The project has brought the community together in ways no-one had anticipated.

Ms Lockwood, who has been painting professionally for 30 years, said: “I love my village. Through the ups and downs of the world around us, the people in our village have been brought together through numerous events and projects, with the harbour project being one of the main ones.

“Everyone, including newcomers and those less able, have worked together to turn back time on our over-silted river to reveal and restore our wonderful harbour - usually resulting in all of us being covered in mud.

“I feel the affection for our village and each other has spread and I wanted to contribute more to something that had such a positive effect on us all. I offered one of my landscape paintings depicting one of the dramatic evening skies that we’re lucky to share here in Cley.”

Simon Read, chairman of Cley harbour committee, said: “Rachel is a highly respected artist whose work is collected all over the world.”

The painting has an asking price of £1,250 and can be viewed at Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley High Street.

Meanwhile, there will be a talk at Cley village hall on Friday, March 29 on the past, present and future of Cley harbour. Further details from www.cleyharbour.co.uk

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