Messing about in boats

070412   Linlithgow union canal  society opening day.
070412 Linlithgow union canal society opening day.
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A NEW season of cruising took off at Linlithgow’s canal basin last Saturday with a special visit from Edinburgh Model Boat Club.

The group was there to display and operate a number of radio controlled model boats at the Manse Road basin as Linlithgow Canal Centre re-opened for 2012.

Bob Wigley, Linlithgow Union Canal Society chairman, said: “The ‘Black Hand Gang’ have been working hard throughout the winter to get the boats, museum and tea room ready for the season.

‘‘A visit to Linlithgow Canal Centre offers something for everyone and we hope to welcome record numbers in 2012. All LUCS facilities are staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers.”

On Saturday, Saint Magdalene left the canal centre at 2.30pm for the Avon Aqueduct and cruised back to Linlithgow by 5pm. These cruises or half-hour town boat trips on Victoria, celebrating its 40th birthday this year, from 2pm-4.30pm, are now available every Saturday and Sunday until the end of September.

There will be a Festival of Transport weekend on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, with steam boats, Victorian rides, music, including Linlithgow Reed Band, and a Sunday Brunch cruise departing at 10.30am. For the adventurous, there will also be cruises to the Falkirk Wheel on Sunday, June 24, Sunday, July 29, and Sunday, August 26.

Until September 30, the canal centre will open every Saturday and Sunday, plus Monday, May 7, and midweek in July and August.

Linlithgow Canal Centre, Scotland’s only canal museum, is open from 1.30pm-5pm, is free to enter and also offers the Canal Tearoom. For more information on events at Linlithgow Canal Centre go to