WHAT a difference a few months can make.
At the start of the year, the future of Bridlington’s oldest sailing coble, the Three Brothers, was looking decidedly bleak due to a lack of money for repairs and dwindling numbers of volunteers to help maintain the vessel.
Fast forward several months and the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society has bolstered its membership and the Three Brothers is set to star on national television in the last in the series of ITV’s Countrywise programme.
For local historian and Preservation Society member Mike Wilson, it is great news for the 100-year-old vessel.
“It’s brilliant that it will be on national television, it is fantastic news,” he said.
“It’s looking a bit grubby and untidy at the moment, but that may be for the best because people will see it in its current state and may be encouraged to help us continue to preserve it.
“The Three Brothers is an important part of Bridlington’s history and I’d hate for the town to lose it.
“Having people across the country seeing it on national television can only be a good thing and something the town should be proud of.”
The Countrywise film crew and presenter Paul Heiney visited Bridlington on Tuesday and took a tour of the coastline on the Yorkshire Belle before sailing out on the Three Brothers.
The footage will form part of the last programme in the series in a special episode which focuses on the presenter’s passions.
It is believed that Sheffield-born presenter, Paul Heiney, is a fan of Bridlington and of sailing, so it was his personal choice to come to the town to film the Three Brothers.
The Tuesday evening programme, which regularly attracts over two million viewers, is expected to feature the Bridlington episode in August.