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Resting place of an iconic Kiwi

Sir Peter Blake was an inspirational New Zealander. A famous yachtsman and ocean explorer for environmental causes, he was murdered by pirates in Brazil in 2001 at the age of 53.

He was buried near the village of Emsworth on England’s south coast, where he had lived with his family.

We made a point of visiting his grave because we were roughly in that part of the world, and because we met him once in the 1980s during his Round the World race campaigns.

The churchyard took a bit of finding but we got there!

At Sir Peter Blake’s grave in Warblington churchyard

We arrived the same time as another couple from NZ

Visiting kiwis leave coins on top of the headstone

Mum left the little kiwi and a pair of new red socks next to a faded pair that had been there for a while. Red socks were a good luck symbol for Peter Blake

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