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Woodbridge: Fond farewell as volunteer parts with yacht club after 32 years

10:15 06 May 2014

Nina Seaman is leaving Deben Yacht Club after 32 years

Nina Seaman is leaving Deben Yacht Club after 32 years

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A Suffolk sailing club has shown its appreciation for more than three decades of hard work by one of its longest serving members.

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Deben Yacht Club (DYC) threw a tea party at its riverside clubhouse in Woodbridge to honour Nina Seaman’s 32 years as a member.

During that time she could often be found in the DYC Galley with the rest of the team, voluntarily helping to cater for club activities ranging from weekly racing to social events at the clubhouse.

Club members said a collective “thank you” and paid tribute to Nina’s efforts over the years.

The 92-year-old, who is moving to Canterbury to live nearer her daughter, joined the club when she moved to the town with her late husband Des.

The couple met at school in Ipswich but later moved to Kent, returning to Woodbridge following retirement to pursue their love of sailing. They spent much of their spare time on the River Deben aboard their boat Sun Ray.

David Hayhow, honorary secretary of DYC, formally thanked Nina at the tea party for her continued support. He said: “You have been a pillar of the club for many years.

“We’ve all benefited from your behind the scenes work for the Galley, looking after the money and washing thousands of tea towels. This has enabled the cooks to concentrate on giving us the food and drink we need. You have also joined us on many of our winter walks.”

The tea party was attended by friends from the yacht club, the local Oxfam shop and the Women’s Institute, which Nina has also supported over the years.

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