Marine Lake Day draws in crowds despite chilly weather

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 March 2018

Darklyte Fire Collective

Darklyte Fire Collective

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Clevedon’s Marine Lake was filled with families taking part in free activities throughout Saturday.

Sydney, 10, and Paige, 8, with mum Michelle Wescott who all went out in a canoe.Sydney, 10, and Paige, 8, with mum Michelle Wescott who all went out in a canoe.

The Marine Lake Enthusiasts (MARLENS) saw scores of people try their hand at paddle-boarding, sailing and canoeing.

For those who prefer to stay on dry land, Darklyte Fire Collective showed off some superb circus skills.

MARLENS chairman Joe Norman said: “The weather for Lake Day was chilly and grey – not very summery – but we had a good crowd of children and adults sampling the canoes, kayaks, model boats and paddle boards.

“Big thank yous for the great support to Clevedon Model Boat Club, Clevedon Canoe Club, Bath Paddle Board Centre and Darklyte, plus all the MARLENS volunteers.”

Dan Panes with his daughter Lily, 6, and nephew Billy Jefferies, 7, try their hand at kayaking.Dan Panes with his daughter Lily, 6, and nephew Billy Jefferies, 7, try their hand at kayaking.

The Lake Day has become an annual event in the MARLENS’ calendar and marks the anniversary of the lake’s first opening on March 30, 1929.

The first one was held in 2016 and celebrated the lake’s reopening following the completion of an £850,000 refurbishment project.

Lake Day has arguably become the biggest MARLENS fundraiser of the year since it was announced in February that the popular Tides festival would no longer be held.

Georgine Fraser tries paddle boarding.Georgine Fraser tries paddle boarding.

MARLENS hosting Lake Day.MARLENS hosting Lake Day.

Dan Panes is launched into the lake.Dan Panes is launched into the lake.

Sydney, 10, and Paige, 8, with mum Michelle Wescott who all went out in a canoe.Sydney, 10, and Paige, 8, with mum Michelle Wescott who all went out in a canoe.

Darklyte Fire Collective at Lake Day.Darklyte Fire Collective at Lake Day.

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