Giant water rat spotted on Calder & Hebble

Published: Saturday, 29 April 2017

A GIANT water rat has been spotted at South Pennine Boat Club in Mirfield, on the Calder & Hebble Navigation, but is no threat to boaters.

Neither is this particular rat any threat to local residents as Mr Battye Rat is Club Commodore Jerry Holland, who is  heading up the organising team for the club's forthcoming Open Day & Regatta to be held on Saturday on 6th of May, Frank Auffet tells us.

Calder ratA day of fun and frolics

Dressed appropriately for 'messing about on the water', Battye will be in attendance throughout the regatta when the public are invited to enjoy a day of waterside fun and frolics, with Jerry explaining:

"Every two years we invite the public into the club to get a glimpse at life on the waterways. This year's regatta has lots to offer the whole family."

Boat trips

Amongst the many attractions on offer are boat trips along the canal by the Calder Navigation Society and Safe Anchor Trust charity. The short cruises will be offered for a small donation to the upkeep and running of the boats.

Retired ice-cream vendor and founder of the 'world famous' Ripley ice-cream parlour, Brian Elliott is making a comeback for the day to serve a delicious ice-cream based on a unique variation of the acclaimed Ripley recipe.

Children's entertainer, Colonel Custard, will be on hand to keep the kiddies amused and there's face-painting and prizes for a special waterways theme, children's fancy dress competition.

Real ale saloon bar

The festivities include a real ale saloon bar, tea room, barbecue, model boat demonstration, stalls, Mirfield Boat Company's show-boat plus music and entertainment from the 'world's leading' South Pennine Boat Club Handspike Dance Team. Admission is free.

South Pennine Boat Club is based at Battyeford Island, Wood Lane, Mirfield, between the Calder and the canal.