More people taking canal trips

The old Thornton Lock gate is removed by a crane.
The old Thornton Lock gate is removed by a crane.

This year saw all records broken as Pocklington Canal Amenity Society’s (PCAS) New Horizons trip boat carried passengers from around the world.

Following on the successes of 2014 and 2015, 2016 has been yet another amazing year with more passengers and trips taken than ever before.

Work on the Thornton Lock restoration project.

Work on the Thornton Lock restoration project.

The PCAS said 2,800 passengers enjoyed a trip on the Society’s boat this year (2,200 in 2015).

They came from as far afield as New Zealand and the USA, as well as a good number from continental Europe and all over the UK.

The boat made 90 trips during the season which, again, is a new record.

PCAS encourages donations for their boat trips rather than having fixed charges and has found that passengers are very generous after their boat rides.

A PCAS spokesman said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have supported, through donations and/or volunteering, the work of the Society in restoring and maintaining navigation on the canal.

“In fact, over the past three years your donations have generated in excess of £29,000 for the society. These monies are currently being spent on the restoration of Thornton and Walbut Locks.

“The Society’s volunteers, along with specialist contractors Hagrapat, Canal and River Trust staff and Heritage Heroes volunteers, started work on Thornton Lock in July this year.

“This work is currently ongoing and is part of the Society’s Bicentennial project to restore navigation from Melbourne to Bielby in 2018.

“As many of you will be aware the total estimated cost of this work is £250,000 of which £135,000 has been raised to date.”

In 2017, the trip boat organisers will start running 30 minute taster trips on Sunday 2 April and every Sunday/bank holiday thereafter until the last Sunday in October.

See the website for more details or contact book.newhorizons@gmail.com

Further information about all the Society’s activities including how to become a member and/or a volunteer can be found on our website www.pocklingtoncanalsociety.org or by calling 01759 302873.