Mixed fortunes for Linlithgow Union Canal Society as attractions compete

Canal Society is hoping for a good summer season.
Canal Society is hoping for a good summer season.

Linlithgow Union Canal Society suffered mixed fortunes under the spring sunshine at the weekend.

Whilst Saturday was a celebration with lots of visitors attending, Easter Sunday was a wash-out despite wall-to-wall sunshine and balmy temperatures.

LUCS Duncan McIntyre said: ‘‘We were very busy on the Saturday and, unfortunately, one of our cruise craft, St. Magdalene, sprung an oil leak returning from the Kelpies festival at Falkirk however we managed to keep all our visitors happy.

‘‘There were no visitors on Easter Sunday to the canal basin and I put that down to so many competing attractions happening at the same time.

‘‘We’ll maybe have to have a rethink of our plans next year.’’

As well as short ‘‘town cruises’’, LUCS took a boatload of passengers along the Union Canal to the Avon Aqueduct on Saturday and welcomed Edinburgh Model Boat Club for its annual visit and display of members’ models.

LUCS volunteers sailed St Magdalene to Falkirk for the spectacular international launch of the ‘‘Kelpies’’ sculptures and Duncan said it was an ‘‘amazing’’ spectacle.

Duncan added that there had been some good feedback from early season visitors both ‘‘face to face’’ and online but much remained to be done to raise both LUCS profile and to attract many more visitors to the Manse Road basin.