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Paddle perfect for first kayak day

By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Paddle perfect for first kayak day

PADDLES at the ready — because Annan's first Kayak Day takes place this Sunday.

Annan Harbour is expected to be thronged with paddlers, as a flotilla of experienced sea kayakers from Cumbria will cross the Solway from Silloth.

Arriving at the harbour in a challenge titled ‘Ride The Tide’, they will join dozens of families enjoying their first experience of taking to the water in a canoe as part of Kayak Day —  with taster sessions delivered by instructors from Galloway Activity Centre.

Hailing the event, Annan Harbour Action Group (AHAG) chairman Councillor Richard Brodie said: “This will be our first event of what is likely to be a very busy summer programme.

“In the next couple of weeks we will be announcing the launch of our second St Ayles skiff and putting out a call for people to come and have a go at rowing in the river.”

Looking ahead, he added: “We have a regatta and our popular Bell Raid crossing to Bowness-on-Solway in July and the Harbour Festival in September, together with a number of other community activities that have still to be finalised.”

AHAG are pleased to see the harbour’s role expanding with the launch of the Kayak Day.

Secretary Alan Savage said: “AHAG are pleased to be building links with water sports enthusiasts from the other side of the Solway and inviting them to venture across to Annan with the support of our safety boats, crewed by local young people that we have trained.

“All of this is done as part of our Developing Annan Harbour Project funded by LEADER, the Holywood Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council.”

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