Community groups raise thousands with canal boat pull

The journey was split up into 21 legs of up to four miles each, with some containing as many as eight locks.
The journey was split up into 21 legs of up to four miles each, with some containing as many as eight locks.

Volunteers from across the region have raised thousands of pounds for good causes after pulling a boat more than 56 miles on Chesterfield canal.

Canal heritage group the Friends of Dawn Rose organised the three-week marathon effort which took their 1770s-designed craft on a route from Shireoaks to West Stockwith and back.

The Friends of Dawn Rose raise money to support her maintenance, mooring and other costs.

The Friends of Dawn Rose raise money to support her maintenance, mooring and other costs.

Along the way they were joined in all weather conditions by determined fundraisers from 15 groups including Ladies on the Pull from the Retford & Worksop Boat Club, Scouts, and even a team of undertakers.

Each group paid a fee to the Friends of Dawn Rose and everything else that they raised has gone to their chosen charity, with a final total still to come.

Chesterfield canal boats are an early design, usually towed by horses.

Chesterfield canal boats are an early design, usually towed by horses.

Dawn Rose is the only such boat in operation, built by trust volunteers.

Dawn Rose is the only such boat in operation, built by trust volunteers.