Bassett cadets' new boat sets sail

This Is Wiltshire: Sea cadets look on as Councillor Mike Leighfield, mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, launches the new boat with Coun Allison Bucknell, representing the area board, on board Sea cadets look on as Councillor Mike Leighfield, mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, launches the new boat with Coun Allison Bucknell, representing the area board, on board

AN area board-funded rowing boat had its maiden voyage in Royal Wootton Bassett at the weekend.

In May, Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board awarded the local sea cadets £2,000 to help them buy a Yole slide-seat rowing boat complete with oars and road trailer.

This will enable the Royal Wootton Bassett and District Sea Cadets and adult volunteers to gain British Rowing association qualifications in both rowing and coaching.

The Yole rowing boat had its maiden voyage on the renovated stretch of the Wilts and Berks Canal in Royal Wootton Bassett, thanks to the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust, on Sunday.

Representatives from the sea cadets, area board and canal trust were in attendance to witness the rowing boat take to the water for the first time.

Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade area board member Allison Bucknell said: “As the Olympics has shown, results of investing in local projects such as this can have a great effect on the community.”

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