Each year we like to thank our dedicated volunteers by holding an event to say ‘thank you’; this September we booked the Re-union canal barge to go on a two hour trip from Fountainbridge to the Longstone viaduct and back.
The sun shone as we all boarded the barge, the ‘Lochrin Belle’ at 6pm and after the obligatory safety talk from the skipper telling us “if we fall overboard to just stand up as the water is not deep at all” we set off.
Once on our way, we progressed at a very leisurely pace taking in the sights of both the old and new buildings, a wee bit of wildlife and the other people enjoying the canal. A few local residents waved to us from their balconies and we all waved enthusiastically back.
The voyage was lots of fun! We even had a few volunteers and staff recreating the moment on the Titanic, where Jack and Rose stand at the bow of the ship with arms outstretched… thankfully no one fell in!
On the return trip, there were a few willing volunteers who wanted to try their hand at steering the barge. Top marks go to our volunteer Charlie Marshall for keeping us on an even course, however someone who remains nameless, did steer us into the canal bank and a few of us who were sitting at the front were entangled in overhanging trees and bushes.
We would like to thank the PEP's Neighbourhood Group who prepared the buffet for the evening, the crew of the ‘Lochrin Belle’ for a smooth journey and of course a big thank you to our fabulous volunteers who regularly give up their free time to help others.