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IT’S taken six months to build but Queensferry now has its own community rowing boat.

The Queensferry Rowing Project got off the ground last year aimed at building a boat to race in regattas with others currently being built on the east coast of Scotland.

Once a committee was formed, the project got quickly off the ground with the wooden components being delivered and volunteers coming forward to build the boat.

Last weekend, MSP Margaret Smith viewed the finished article and heard of the work that was undertaken. This week (Tuesday), the rowing boat committee staged a public meeting aimed at forming a Queensferry Rowing Club.

Mike McDowall, spokesman for the Queensferry Rowing Project said: “We want to thank craftsmen John Watson and Malcolm Meikle (above) for all their hard work, it is very much appreciated the amount of hours they put in and to Scotmid for allowing us access to one of their empty units to build it.”

Mr McDowall is also looking for members of the public to come up suggestions for a name for the new boat.

The boat will be launched on the Forth in April.