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Forget a quiet read... this one just won't shut up!

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 16, 2013

  • Ann Glanville and friend on the new 'talking seat'. The £10,000 attraction tells her story of old Cornish life at the touch of a button PICTURE MARK PASSMORE

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A Cornish town's most famous daughter has taken up permanent residence as part of a talking seat which it is hoped will become a magnet for tourists.

Saltash Town Council commissioned the installation at Fore Street, which features famous 19th century figure Ann Glanville, at the cost of £10,000.

At the touch of a button, Ann will break her stoney silence to talk in a Cornish accent about what life was like in Saltash back in her day.

Ann Glanville was born in 1796 and by all accounts was a tall, strong character.

She was a waterwoman on the River Tamar, ferrying people and goods, but was most famous for her skill at the oar.

Along with her crew of Saltash women, Ann took part in regattas all over England and they were virtually unbeatable.

In her time, she was the world's champion female rower.

Her role in the history of rowing is commemorated by Caradon Gig Club, who have named not one, but two gigs in her honour.

Their gig Ann Glanville was built in 1989, meanwhile the club's latest addition to the fleet is the Amazon, which was the nickname given to Ann and her crew.

The talking seat was the idea of councillor Bob Austin.

"I have been thinking about it for a while and I am pleased the council has decided to go forward with the idea," he said.

"It will be interesting for visitors to the town and local children to be able to sit and listen to a famous figure from the past tell about life in her times."

The installation is the latest piece of art at Saltash, where earlier this year a 60-foot-high Celtic cross was erected at the Cornish boundary.

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