Festival a floating success

Would be rowers enjoying taster sessions laid on by the Ancholme Rowing Club. EMN-150506-161712001
Would be rowers enjoying taster sessions laid on by the Ancholme Rowing Club. EMN-150506-161712001

The river has a great future - that was the sentiment expressed by participants and visitors alike who flocked to the Ancholme River Festival in Brigg.

The river has a great future - that was the sentiment expressed by participants and visitors alike who flocked to the Ancholme River Fetival in Brigg.

Blessed by summer sunshine, there was plenty for young and old to try.

The County Bridge was a focal point with canoe slalom displays by Glanford Canoe Club, while in Manley Gardens the Ancholme Rowing Club held taster sessions and, further down river, Glanford Boat Club opened their spacious facilities for free.

However, one problem highlighted on the day was the lack of takers for the river boat cruises round the island.

The boat had to tie up out of town down river beyond Lidl’s store where few people ventured.

The boat was provided by Godfrey Thacker of Brandy Wharf Marina, but his boatman reported trade was slow. What a difference a town centre mooring would make!

But overall the festival was success all the way and it is now planned to stage another event in September.

“People came down to the club throughout the day. The warm weather made it so much more attractive than last year when it rained all day,” said Kev Garnett of the boat club.

“In 2013 we had a good day when it stayed fine and I think we shall at least have equalled our success that day.”

The club had plenty to offer children with bouncy castles and a roundabout.

North Lincolnshire and Brigg Town Councillor Rob Waltham, who chairs the Ancholme River Trust and who co-ordinated the organisation of the event was equally pleased.

“It was good to see so many people watching the canoeists and rowers from the County Bridge,” he said.

“There was a water polo event as well and thanks to the efforts of everyone, particularly the clubs who laid on events, this year’s festival was a huge success.”