Plenty of fun on the wa­ter

Halifax Courier - - World Dock Pudding Championships - By Tom Scargill

Would-be sailors of all ages took to the wa­ter at the an­nual Na­tional Go Boat­ing Day event in Sowerby Bridge. Shire Cruisers at The Wharf hosted the event, which was or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with Drifters Wa­ter­way Hol­i­days.

The event at Sowerby Bridge, where the Rochdale Canal meets the Calder & Heb­ble Nav­i­ga­tion, was one of 21 open days tak­ing place on the canals and rivers across Eng­land and Wales, of­fer­ing boat tours, hol­i­day dis­counts and, in many cases, free trips on skip­pered boats.

Nigel Stevens, direc­tor of Shire Cruises, said: “It was a good day, lots of peo­ple young and old took part.

“Lots of chil­dren had a chance at steer­ing the boats, which was lovely.

“One man who has lived by the canal for 50 years said it was first time he had been on it and said it was won­der­ful.

“We had 77 pas­sen­gers on the boats and about 150 vis­i­tors over­all from right across York­shire.”

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