Boat to celebrate 140th anniversary

M.Y. Lady of the Lake
M.Y. Lady of the Lake

An attraction which runs boat crossings on Ullswater will celebrate the 140th anniversary of its oldest heritage vessel later this month.

The award-winning visitor attraction Ullswater Steamers will mark the anniversary of M.Y Lady of the Lake - the oldest heritage vessel in both their famous fleet, and quite possibly the world.

Each year the fleet carries thousands of passengers on idyllic cruises around one of the region’s most beautiful lakes.

It will celebrate its anniversary on June 26.

To mark the occasion a bottle of champagne will be broken over her bows to celebrate her history and heritage.

Children from Stainton C of E Primary School in Penrith, St Patricks C of E in Endmoor and Penrith Town Band will join in the celebrations.

The vessel will then embark on her anniversary sailing from Glenridding Pier with guests onboard raising a toast to commemorate her long-lasting service.

Prior to the anniversary special events will take place on the weekend of the June 24 and 25 with round the lake ticket holders receiving a special commemorative gift when they sail.

Lisa Braithwaite, attractions marketing manager at Ullswater Steamers said: "June 26 is a significant date for Ullswater ‘Steamers’ as it marks 140 years of providing visitors and locals with iconic cruises around this beautiful part of the Lake District.

"As we come closer to finding out the decision on World Heritage inscription, we have so much to celebrate in 2017 and we are delighted that M.Y Lady of the Lake continues to serve passengers from all around the globe."

Launched on June 26, 1877, M.Y Lady of the Lake was designed by Douglas Henson of Penrith.

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