Alongside members of Macclesfield and District Canoe Club, local MP David Rutley took to the water for the club’s “Go Canoeing” event on Saturday 2nd June.
Held on Macclesfield Canal at Adelphi Mill in Bollington, Go Canoeing is an annual fixture in the club’s calendar, and aims to encourage people of any age or ability to pick up a paddle and enjoy the many benefits of canoeing or kayaking.
Around forty-five local residents took part in the free event, with equipment provided by the club.
The event is part of a national campaign, spearheaded by British Canoeing.
As well as spending time on the water, David took the opportunity to meet with the club’s hard-working volunteers, and thanked them for all their efforts to organise the event.
He also spoke with the former club chairman, Andrew Millest, about club’s plans for the future, and the varied activities available for local residents to enjoy.
These include: touring, moving water trips, flat water racing and sea paddling.
Local residents who were not able to attend the Go Canoeing event but who are still interested in experiencing canoeing are welcome to attend the club’s regular Monday night sessions on which start at 7pm (between April and September, excluding Bank Holiday Mondays).
It isn’t necessary to be a member of the club to take part, but there is a £10 fee for use of equipment and instruction for non-members.
The club advises people to bring a complete change of clothes, as well as shoes that can be worn in a canoe, plus a towel and an old cagoule or windproof jacket for use on the water.
Speaking after the event, David said: “I was pleased to once again join Macclesfield and District Canoe Club for another great Go Canoeing event.
“It was positive to see many local residents learning more about the benefits of taking part in outdoor activities, helping to promote better physical health and mental wellbeing.
“My thanks go to all the club’s volunteers for their hard work in organising the event, and I look forward to keeping in touch with its activities in the months ahead.”