Seagull Trust 30th anniversary celebration year launches in Kirkintilloch

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A charity that provides free boat outings for disabled people of all ages has launched its 30th anniversary season of canal trips.

The Seagull Trust was established in Ratho, near Edinburgh, in 1978 and opened up a second centre in Kirkintilloch in 1983.

Since then thousands of passengers have taken to the canal each year on the organisation’s two boats - the Yarrow Seagull and the Marjorie Seagull - which are kept afloat by an army of dedicated volunteers and donations from the public.

To mark its 30th anniversary the Kirkintilloch branch is planning a range of special events.

In October there will be a charity dinner, while a fundraising boat pull is being organised with members of the local Boys’ Brigade Battalion - who are themselves celebrating their 130th anniversary.

But first up was the maiden launch of the year - which took place in Kirkintilloch’s Southbank Marina last week.

Children from Corseford School, in Renfrewshire, were the first to take to the Forth and Clyde Canal in 2013.

Meanwhile, volunteers past and present were on board to bid them on their way, alongside East Dunbartonshire Council leader Rhondda Geekie.

Hamish Nicoll, who chairs the trust’s Kirkintilloch branch, said: “It was a fantastic day for the children and for our volunteers - we even had a wee bit of sun.

It’s a privilige to be part of the organisation on its 30th anniversary. We are busier than we have ever been and our challenege for the future is to better the service and take more people than ever before on trips.

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