The canal basin in Linlithgow was buzzing on Sunday with over 2000 people turning up for the biggest ever LUCS fun day.
Folk Festival favourites entertained, a record number of burgers were flipped, and the day was topped off by the courageous contestants who took to the water in the cardboard boat race.
Duncan McIntyre of the Linlithgow Union Canal Society (LUCS) said: “It was the biggest crowd we ever had. It was a phenomenal day, tremendous, a total success.”
Linlithgow Gala Queen Ruby Hudson cut the ribbon to open the event with Chief Lady Zarina Mirza, and the 2013 race task was to rescue baby ducklings from crocodile’s jaws, operated by a lever. Ten teams survived the course and 10 sank.
First to complete the race was the half tonne swan ‘‘Cygnus Maximus’’, which sailed round in one minute 15 seconds, taking the British Waterways silver trophy. Second was the Colrams in the ‘‘Colram Cruiser’’, who sailed the course in one minute 19 seconds. Linlithgow Firefighters took third prize with ‘‘Jacob’s Junk’’ clocking one minute 37 seconds.
The new Low Port Trophy for best entry aged 14 and under was won by Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club girls under 13s with ‘‘Posie’’, a boat with football pitch and goalposts, in sixth place.
There were shrieks from sailors as their cardboard creations collapsed around them, and Off Course Crew (International Rescue) took the wooden spoon for quickest sinking with their aptly named ‘‘No Hope’’, which sank in seconds. For more results see District News pages.