Charity Reg. No 511511
PRIDE of SEFTON
Sefton Narrow Boat Committee

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"Trips from Litherland to Eldonian Village coming soon, we will Cruise to the locks that join the canal to the Liverpool Link, you can eat at the Canalside Cafe or self cater, we will turn around here, but before we Cruise back to Litherland you will be able to walk beside the locks and see for yourself this wonderful feat of Engineering, the locks nestle in the heart of the Eldonian Village, a unique experience to see the Gateway to the World"

Launch of Pride of Sefton Two canal barge

A CANAL barge for disabled children was officially launched on Merseyside. The 60ft long Pride of Sefton Two was christened at a ceremony at the Carolina Street Basin, Bootle. It replaced The Pride of Sefton One which served Merseyside children along the Leeds-Liverpool canal for the last 28 years. Bootle MP Joe Benton said: “Over the years I have always been very appreciative of the Pride of Sefton and what it does for disabled children. I have been on the original boat with my daughter when she was a child – it was a wonderful experience. Now local children can enjoy this new boat which I’m sure will be just as good as the first.” The vessel’s deck has been raised so children can see out of windows and it has disabled toilets and central heating.  Cllr Peter Dowd officially launched the barge by smashing a bottle of champagne against it on Friday. The barge was made by Aintree firm Skater Marine after £110,000 was raised by The Pride of Sefton narrowboat committee.
Dave Flynn, committee chairman, said: “We thank all of the sponsors and people who have given so willingly to the charity.

“We could not have done it without their help.”
 

 

"Pride Of Sefton"It was in the spring of 1979 that a group Sefton Councillors, Officers and other interested people decided to acquire a narrow boat for use on the Leeds to Liverpool canal to serve for the disabled people living in the borough of Sefton, whether they be disabled by reason of age, infirmity, physical or mental disability or social deprivation. The Leeds to Liverpool canal threads its way along the boundary of Sefton, opening up an avenue to the wild and beautiful moorlands of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The narrow boat project was in recognition of 1979 as being the International Year of the Child. Also with the scale of the scheme, it was agreed that this should be associated with the International Year of the Disabled.

In the summer of 1980, with the encouragement of the social  services, a voluntary group was established with the sole purpose of acquiring and managing a narrow boat, and a public appeal was started in December 1980, Contributions were received from many individuals and organisations within the Sefton borough. The width of the canal gave the opportunity of having a boat considerably wider than the traditional narrow boat and this is especially advantageous for the accommodation of severely physically handicapped passengers.

In the years following, the Pride of Sefton travelled in excess of 7,000 miles and carried in excess of 11,000 handicapped passengers along the scenic route of the Leeds to Liverpool canal free of charge.

The Pride of Sefton is docked at Haskayne next to the Teapot Cottage