Horseboat on journey to the canal festival

The Horse Boating Society sets off with boat Vixen, pulled by horse Bilbo Baggins on the Calder and Hebble Navigation from Brookfoot, Brighouse,  towards Sowerby Bridge.'Sue Day with horse Bilbo Baggins.
The Horse Boating Society sets off with boat Vixen, pulled by horse Bilbo Baggins on the Calder and Hebble Navigation from Brookfoot, Brighouse, towards Sowerby Bridge.'Sue Day with horse Bilbo Baggins.

A HORSE-DRAWN boat was making its way along Calderdale’s waterways yesterday in the run-up to the Rochdale Canal festival.

Members of the Horseboating Society flanked Bilbo the horse as he pulled the passenger vessel Vixen from Brighouse to Sowerby Bridge, where the event kicks off on Saturday.

Towpath users were delighted at the rare sight, which is one of only five horse-drawn passenger boats in the country.

Sue Day, of the Horseboating Society, said: “There have been lots of photos. Everyone has been smiling and happy to see us.”

Rides will be offered on the boat during the canal festival, which runs from August 13 to 28. For dates and details email enquiries@horseboating.org.uk and see tomorrow’s Courier for full details of the festival.