Back in late June on a fabulously sunny evening we hosted an evening of frolics and fun at the National Trust’s Wray Castle to thank our partners and volunteers and celebrate all that has been achieved so far. Most of our guests (consisting of partners, funders and volunteers) arrived in ‘green’ style on the Tern courtesy of Windermere Lake Cruises. Those taking part in our Mere Gold Beer launch canoe race and a host of spectators made their way along the new WR Western Shore path and into the bay. Four teams made up of staff from our partners showed off their paddling and steering styles under the watchful eye of staff from Impact International. Maintaining a steady speed was the name of the game as each boat had a passenger with a pint of our beer on their head. The winners were the fastest finishers and those with the most beer left. Shore-side support was enthusiastic! Inside the castle guest finally got to sample Mere Gold whilst enjoying displays showcasing each of the 18 projects successes to date, and applaud canoeing winners and dedicated volunteers during presentations that followed Environment Agency Area Manager Keith Ashcroft speech. Keith spoke as lead partner of the achievements of the previous 18 months and thanked all involved for their dedication. The premier of ‘Windermere Song’ our short and quirky film was a show stealer! We think it sums up the key things we are encouraging people to get involved with to help our catchments health. Guests returned home as the sun set. Check out ‘Windermere Song’ on our You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_VAMHJjQJU and photos of the event on our Facebook page.
Based on an article written by our roving reporter Alison Ewin