Something special at the boat show

Published: Friday, 17 March 2017

THERE will be something special at the South Pennine Boat Club's Regatta this year—a famous ice cream!

A retired ice-cream maker and founder of the famous Ripley ice-cream parlour is making a comeback for one day only to serve a delicious ice-cream at South Pennine Boat Club's forthcoming regatta.

Promote the regatta

Held on Saturday 6th May from 11am until 5pm at South Pennine Boat Club, Wood Lane, Mirfield on the Calder & Hebble Navigation, Brian Elliot (pictured) who sold his ice-cream business 11 years ago has been busy restoring one of his original Swiss-made ice-cream machines and will create a special new ice-cream recipe to help promote the regatta.

Brian and his Sylvia bought their own narrowboat shortly after retiring in 2006 and became members of South Pennine Boat Club, explaining:

"I like to keep busy when not boating and have a keen interest in engineering. I still own several redundant ice-cream machines and have just finished restoring one to its original condition which will be used for the regatta."

Plenty of attractions

There will be plenty of other attractions for the May event including boat trips along the Calder & Hebble Navigation, a model boat display, stalls, bouncy castle, children's entertainment and competitions, plus live music, barbecue, a real-ale bar and tea room for the adults, with the club's own unique Handspike Dance Team making a special appearance.

Admission is free and visiting boats are welcome (booking form available from the website