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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

THE LAST GREAT FIRST

The Friends of St Mabyn Church are pleased to announce that their next three course lunch with wine and talk (with slide presentation) will take place in St Mabyn Village Hall on Friday November 28th at Noon for 12.30. The meal will be followed by a ‘Ripping Yarn’ and tales of ‘derring do’ by Brigadier Gage Williams OBE, who participated in the 1968 Blue Nile great Abbai expedition.
The expedition’s objective was to navigate the whole length of the river in Ethiopia – from Lake Tana and the Tississat Falls through the four cataracts of the Northern Gorge all the way to the modern Italian constructed Shafartak bridge and then through the Black Gorge to the western cataracts as far as Sirba, some seventy-five miles from the Sudanese border.
The story of the expedition, “The Story of the Great Abbai Expedition 1968” is published in a book by Richard Snailham, who quotes “Murderous bandits, raging torrents, jagged rocks – the Blue Nile, the Great Abbai as the Ethiopians call it, was a truly savage opponent. Only a military response might succeed, “might” being the operative word.”
All are welcome to what promises to be a very enjoyable and entertaining event. A vegetarian option is available and tickets are £12 (£10 for ‘Friends’).
For information and bookings please phone Audrey Cooke 01208 841607 ayce@kernow76.freeserve.co.uk

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