Video: Boat rally gives appeal fund a boost

About 10 boats took part in the a boat rally at Melbourne on the Pocklington Canal over the weekend.

The rally, last Saturday and Sunday, was to mark the bicentenary of the passing of the Act of Parliament enabling the canal to be built. The boat travelling the furthest was one named Cwm, which has a home mooring in Brighouse in the West Riding.

Canal safari with nature tour guide Russell Hedley.

Canal safari with nature tour guide Russell Hedley.

During the course of the weekend, there were a number of attractions including morris dancers, a nature safari, model narrowboats, a display of historical documents and a barbeque. There were also stalls organised by the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society, the Canal and River Trust, the Inland Waterways Association, the photographer Stephen Jones, and a Lifestyle group from Melbourne.

The Pocklington Canal Amenity Society’s tripboat, New Horizons, was offering short boat trips on the Sunday.

There was a steady stream of visitors, especially on the Sunday morning, but rain on the Sunday afternoon put a damper on the event.

A spokesman for the canal society said that, despite the mixed weather, the rally raised several hundred pounds, boosting the Bicentenary Appeal Fund to more than £87,000.

More pictures in this week’s (30 July) paper.