The Middle Level Watermen’s Club celebrated its 50th anniversary and marked the opening of a new mooring, named in memory of former March mayor and benefactor, Peter Skoulding.
The club has leased a piece of land on West End at the bottom of Marylebone Road. The site has been officially named Skoulding’s Rest.
New moorings, slipway and a canoe portage facility for club members, visitors and local people is part of the drive to encourage more generations to get involved with the Fenland Waterways. Development of the site is currently underway and, after using local contractors to fit the pilings and slipway, the majority of the development work is led by volunteers and club members. The work is supported and part-funded by Cambridgeshire Acre, Fens Adventurers Local Action Group and club fundraising.
People were invited to join the celebrations over the Bank Holiday Weekend with a welcome from the Commodore Bill Barry and a few words from president, Bernard Keane.
Paula Syred, of Fox’s Boats, performed the official opening with March Mayor Andrew Pugh in attendance on Saturday. A host of events were held including live music, a barbecue and fun for the children. Events continued on Sunday and Monday.