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Historic Ship commemorated at show home event

BIDEFORD’S historic Kathleen and May has been honoured at the launch event for a new show home in the town.

Marilyn Clarke, the wife of the ship’s owner, the late Cllr Stephen Clarke, cut the ribbon to officially launch the show home at Elan’s Kathleen Grange and May Court development, which is named after the schooner.

Kathleen Grange and May Court

Andrea Nippe, sales director for Elan Home in the South, also presented a cheque for £50 to the Bideford Sea Cadets, an organisation supported by Marilyn and Cllr Clarke.

Marilyn said: “It was an honour to be invited to attend the opening and share the story of the Kathleen and May. We’re delighted that her name has been used by Elan in her home town. We’re also grateful to them for the kind donation to the Sea Cadets, which was a cause Steve always supported.”

After a brief visit to Bideford in the summer, the three-masted top sail schooner – known to be the last of its type still in existence – is now docked in Liverpool.

Although firmly on dry land, the showcase property at Elan’s Kathleen Grange and May Court development, has aptly taken its inspiration from the beautiful coastal scenery of the surrounding area.

Andrea said: “It was wonderful to meet Marilyn and welcome her to the development. It was fascinating to hear more about the Kathleen and May, and her adventures. We’ve brought the essence of the sea into our show home with coastal patterns and misty greys alongside accents of coral and aqua marine. We hope buyers will love it as much as we do.”

Ideally located close to Bideford town centre, off a quiet cul-de-sac off Mines Road, prices are from £295,000 for a four-bedroom detached family home at May Court and from £214,995 for a three-bedroom detached home at Kathleen Grange.

Help to Buy is available, which means purchasers only need a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage as the government provides an equity loan for up to 20% of the purchase price, which is interest free for five years.

Customers who reserve before the end of January will receive £500 towards optional extras for their new home.

The new show home and sales office are open Thursday to Monday from 9.30m to 4.30pm. Call Elan’s sales advisor on 01237 424224