Full steam ahead

Picture James Clare. Linlithgow Union Canal Society 40th birthday.
Picture James Clare. Linlithgow Union Canal Society 40th birthday.

At a packed canal basin on Saturday LUCS celebrated its 40th birthday.

On offer to the crowds were free boat trips, folk music and much more. The event was opened at 1pm by West Lothian’s Lord Lieutenant Mrs Isobel Brydie MBE who arrived at the canal basin on LUCS flagship Victoria leading a flotilla of boats.

For more than 2 hours three boats provided free boat trips to an estimated three hundred people. These were Victoria, Re-Union’s Jaggy Thistle from Falkirk and the splendid Ratho Princess. In addition LUCS boat St Magdalene took eighty people on two one hour cruises during which children completed a quiz sheet.

On display in the Tea Room were 79 paintings submitted by local school children for a competition on the theme of LUCS 40th birthday. Also on display was an exhibition of key LUCS photographs and events since 1975 including the Drambuie Marathon.

This ran from 1975 to 1990 and required rubber dinghies to navigate the then disused canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh. To commemorate this, marathon stalwarts John Aitken and Danny Callaghan used a dingy to release balloons from a floating birthday cake.

LUCS Chairman Duncan McIntyre was delighted to see so many enjoying themselves and paid tribute to all those who had worked hard to make the day such a success.