Wa­ter lot of fam­ily fun

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS - Stephen Nor­ris

Dal­beat­tie Fam­ily Hub got cre­ative to kick off its sum­mer hol­i­day pro­gramme lastTues­day – by build­ing model boats us­ing old re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

The fun ac­tiv­ity in the Ma­sonic So­cial club on Co­p­land Street got un­der way at 1pm with plas­tic bot­tles, fast food car­tons, pa­per cups and other items be­ing imag­i­na­tively as­sem­bled into some weird and won­der­ful craft – some more sea­wor­thy than oth­ers!

Other ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren in­cluded sen­sory play and songs for the younger ones.

Once the tiny ves­sels were made, the fam­i­lies headed off to Col­lis­ton Park to test them in the wa­ter.

And the per­fect sum­mer weather meant kids and mums had no hes­i­ta­tion in jump­ing in for the big launch.

Or­gan­iser Louise Pick­thall said: “The chil­dren made some fan­tas­tic boats from ma­te­ri­als do­nated by lo­cal cater­ing busi­nesses.They had great fun build­ing them.

“We had four amaz­ing young lead­ers help us with run­ning the event as well as two par­ent vol­un­teers and a young pho­tog­ra­pherTay­lor Smith who will be fol­low­ing our sum­mer pro­gramme.

“At Col­lis­ton Park we all jumped in the river to race and catch the boats while the lit­tle ones watched.”

The win­ner re­ceived a £5 gift voucher kindly do­nated by McCowan & Son, Dal­beat­tie.

Pond trial The newly cre­ated boats are tested on the wa­ter

Test run Ruby Valen­tine trys out her boat

Ready to sail Ryan Stephen with his cre­ation

Team­work Some of the helpers who were on hand to build boats were Emma Henderson, Alana Cou­p­land, Alana Pick­thall and Andie Wil­son

Set­ting sail Some of the boats are launched on the pond

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