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LRC New Site Grand Opening Event

By Lakeland Rowing Club, May 27 2018 09:00AM

Friday 25th May saw the Grand Opening Event of our new site here at the Isthmus near Crow Park on the shores of Derwent­water.

We had a great turn out, with more than 120 guests includ­ing members of all ages, spon­sors, family and friends attending the event which included some friendly club racing.

The club grew out of its previous tempo­rary home at Derwent Water Marina in Portinscale after eight years, and it has taken members just three months to transform the Isthmus site into a base which now has facilities includ­ing a kitchen area and changing rooms.

In the last four years, Lakeland Rowing Club has gone from having just two boats and 12 members to operating 19 boats, with a membership of 87 seniors and 26 juniors.

The Club President, John Knox had the task of welcoming guests to the opening ceremony and unveiled the club’s new sign, along with the help of our of junior captains Ben Hammond and Catherine Spedding.

Guests enjoyed a BBQ followed by some racing which had been expertly organised by the junior captains, who had prepared the draw and selected the four-man crews and coxes.

Race crews included junior members from both Keswick and Cockermouth schools, as well as some new senior members fresh off the recent learn-to-row courses who were racing for the first time.

Some of the guests and sponsors were also invited to join in with the racing including Simon Jackson, head teacher of Keswick School, Tom Burditt of the National Trust and David Seymour of the Lingbolm Estate, who all put in good performance's.

All-in-all it was a thor­oughly enjoyable evening on the lake and one which we hope to repeat again.

The new base at the Isthmus was made possible through fund­ing and grants from the Lake District National Park Comm­unity Foundation, Cumbria Community Foundation, Keswick Town Council, Keswick Lions and· the Cumberland Building Society Community Fund. To whom we would like to offer our utmost thanks for all of your help and support in making the new Lakeland Rowing Club site possible.

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