Lancaster Canal Boats up for Renaissance Award

16 April 2013

Lancaster Canal Boats who operate the summer season canal cruises and waterbus from their Aldcliffe Road mooring have been selected as a finalist under the recreation and tourism section of the 2013 Waterways Renaissance Awards! with its Lune Aqueduct Experience cruises.

For the past 11 years the Awards have recognised over 120 exceptional projects that have transformed the nation’s canals and rivers into exciting places. Led by an independent panel of experts from the environmental, engineering, architecture and regeneration sectors, the Awards are highly regarded across the UK and shine the spotlight on the tremendous work done by volunteers, local communities and public, private and voluntary organisations to keep our canals and rivers special.

The Lune aqueduct experience offers tourists and local people the opportunity to cruise around the City centre passing historical mills and urban landscape. On arrival at the aqueduct passengers can view the surrounding countryside and city scape from the top of Britain’s largest masonry aqueduct.

Information on the history of the Lancaster canal and aqueduct is provided to cruisers en-route.

The Lune aqueduct experience also works with numerous tourist partners which include Barton Grange, First Trans Pennine Express and coach companies including Shearing’s, Grand UK holidays, Glenton, Alfa and smaller coach tour companies.

The Awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday 23 May at the ICC in Birmingham.

Barry Cole, managing director said,” we have built the Lune aqueduct canal cruises with very hard work through some very troubled times, all credit to my team for their endeavours and special thanks to the Toppings at Barton Grange for a great working partnership. I would also like to put on record my thanks to all the coach tour companies who have shown faith in our product and to the customers who return year on year just to enjoy their special canal cruise.”

Helen Carey, Chair of the assessment panel, said: “It is truly inspiring to see how people and organisations across the country are working together to protect, improve and care for our canals and rivers. All projects reaching the finalist stage should be justifiably proud of all that they have achieved.”

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