Canal Fun Day – No Fun this Year!


Latest casualty of Social Distancing & Lockdown

Linlithgow, West Lothian, April 26, 2020: Linlithgow Union Canal Society have taken the understandable, but unprecedented, decision to cancel this year’s Annual Fun Day at the canal basin, which as all locals know includes the “world famous” cardboard boat race. The event which normally attracts huge crowds was due to take place on the 16th August, but given the current lockdown situation, the decision has been taken at this early stage to cancel the popular event.

Mike Smith, Vice Chair at LUCS commented, “it is indeed unfortunate that the Fun Day and Cardboard Boat Race has been cancelled.   I cannot remember this happening previously.   But so much preparation is required leading up to the event, not only by LUCS volunteers and membership, but the many other charities and community organisations who participate in the event, not forgetting the Cardboard Boat Race entrants who are already designing and building their craft, it is only fair that we give everyone as much notice as possible”

“The Cardboard Boat Race historically attracts interest from far and wide, with teams using all their ingenuity to design their boats, in the hope of staying afloat long enough to complete the timed course and challenge out in the depths of the basin”

The Society is not accepting bookings for the current season.   Refunds or vouchers for next year are being offered to anyone who has made reservations for this year.

Mike continued “while this is all very unfortunate, and we would like to be out on the water enjoying our wonderful canal, the most important thing is to ensure the health and safety of our members and customers.   We hope everyone follows government guidelines and stays safe.


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