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Newton Veterans on the Canal Boat

Newton Veterans enjoy trip to Skipton

by Gemma Melling

Newton Veterans Association have just returned from a two day trip to Skipton in North Yorkshire, where they enjoyed canal boat adventures, beautiful scenery and delicious local food.

The group, which supports former service men and women and their families, took the two day break last weekend, enjoying good company, good food and some interesting sights.

The canal at Skipton

On arrival, it was time to take a two hour cruise along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on a canal barge. The group navigated several locks and took in spectacular views along the way.

The weather was obliging too, with the group enjoying some spring sunshine whilst they sailed along the canal.

And the cruise was topped off by an evening meal, served aboard, of fresh Yorkshire Fish and Chips… delicious!

Newton Veterans Association enjoyed a two hour cruise on a canal barge in Skipton

The following day, after a hearty breakfast, the Veterans and their families took a trip to the famous Skipton open street market to browse the stalls.

Set up along a cobbled street, the market has been a central fixture of the town since medieval times. Today, it sells everything from cheeses to scarves, local meat to arts and crafts.

View from the barge at Skipton

George Campbell, Chairman of the Newton and District Veterans, said: “It was a very enjoyable two days with great company / comrades. We’re already looking forward to our next trip!”

About the Newton and District Veterans

Newton Veterans meet on the first Tuesday of every month at Newton Functions. Any former service personnel are welcome.

As well as sharing stories and making friends, the group also get involved inlocal remembrance services and help out in the community all year round. It’s a way to keep the community and comradeship of the armed forces life alive.

They also enjoy fantastic trips just like their two day holiday in Skipton!

They’re now busy organising their next event – a D-Day Commemoration evening, which takes place on 8 June. We have more details in our events guide.

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Roy Heppenstall May 19, 2024 - 9:06 am

On saturday 8th June local vererans will have a ceremony for D Day at 11am will march from the garden in market street to lay wreaths at the Warmemorial Phil Briant will be parade mashal and organiser it is hoped to have a bugler wreaths for the three main military units Royal Navy Army RAF Merchant Navy on the day there should be no desruption to traffic as all activities will be confined to the town hall side of Market Street. These details no yet finalised but we are working on it.

Gemma Melling May 23, 2024 - 7:39 am

That’s great, thanks Roy. Once you have more details confirmed please let us know: news@newtonlewillowsnews.co.uk. Thanks!


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