On a cold but dry evening a group of us with friends and partners gathered at Temple Church for a maritime themed walk around the Redcliff area.  Our guide from the Long John Silver Trust was a very entertaining and interesting speaker who obviously loved his subject. He talked about Bristol’s trading past – both legal and illegal and its links with stories of Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, not to mention the infamous pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach). Our last stop was outside the Hole in the Wall where our guide explained the Trust hoped to have a statue of Long John Silver erected to commemorate both the author of Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson and Bristol’s maritime history. It was a very enjoyable evening though we were a little footsore by the end.

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