Thank you so much for these messages. These arrived at my inbox after we won the auction in 2010, but should be considered as addressed to all who worked hard on this appeal.
Congratulations, b. well done! Compliments on your excellent organisation and determination!
I sneakily watched the auction on my work PC; never been so excited at work for years!
I am rather excited myself, and I am on the wrong side of the Atlantic.
Hip hip Hurrah! Fantastic news.
Very pleased you landed Swallow.
One of the natives came and said, "That's a fine little ship you have there."
Thanks for bringing the AR/S&A community together and putting us into action for this!
Well done!! I want to sail her now!!!
Excellent. Six million cheers.
We will come from Australia one day to take you up on that offer.
Wow! Cheque in the post!
You certainly acted in a true Ransome manner.
It is totally fitting for Ransome fans to have the boat which appeared in the film.
Three million cheers and three million more!
I am convinced that you did what Arthur Ransome would have done.
Best news I've had in a long time. Thank you for keeping me in the loop.
Another quote I can share with you, is what my wife said, when seeing me incredibly tense in front of the auction website. She looked at the photos and asked, "Is that it?"
Hmph! Damn Enid Blyton fans...