This Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm saw the official reopening of the restored model boating lake. Pictured is the Mayor of Wirral, Andrew Hodson launching a model boat into the water. To his right is John Curry (Hoylake RNLI) who using his megaphone made a short speech to thank all those involved in the project. The hardy chap on the left was one of several adults and children who chose to dress in Victorian swimwear!
Whilst the boating lake is now back in use additional donations are still required to pay for the work. If you would like to make a donation, here are the details:
ATC Interiors Ltd
C/o Marcus James Ltd Accountants
37 Market Street
Further funding is also required to improve the adjacent splash pool area, the retaining sea wall and for additional seating (there’s only one, rather tatty bench). It is likely that a group of individuals will get together to form a Friends of Hoylake Boating Lake (or similar) – I’ll let you know when I get more information on that.
Inside the lifeboat station the model exhibition was in full swing – if your children like watching train sets then you might want to pop along this Sunday.
Regular reader and Hoylake local Chris Hankin dug out from his attic his own model yacht (pictured). She dates back to 1953 and Chris recalls regularly sailing her with his father in the boating lake until about 1959 when she was dry docked in his attic.
Chris didn’t fancy launching her again after so many years but kindly lent her to the RNLI exhibition.
You’ll also see several other model boats including a range of model lifeboats.
I’ve attached some more photos for you to look at. Happy sailing!