Ripple effect for river dinghy event

View of the River Lune at Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
View of the River Lune at Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale

An event on the river Lune has attracted almost 4,000 followers on social media.

Floats and Hoes – scheduled to take place on July 4 – invited people to bring a floating device such as a dinghy, jump in, and float down the river between Kirkby Lonsdale and Lancaster as part of a large group fun day.

But organisers say they have been so overwhelmed by the interest on Facebook that they are now looking to scale down the event, and are liaising with local authorities to ensure it is safe and legal.

Lancaster City Council said the Lancaster District Event Safety Advisory Group (ESAG) could not support the event in its original form.

Organiser Jonny Robson said: “The event was originally created for a large group of friends before it became so popular on social media. As so many people have shown interest, our team has been working to ensure that an event can go ahead safely and within the parameters of the law. We understand people’s concerns regarding the numbers looking to attend an event of this nature and are currently working to manage these issues.

“The event is aimed at celebrating the beauty of the Lune and local area alongside getting local people from all walks involved in arts, crafts, music and entertainment for a fun-themed event over the course of the weekend.”

Suzanne Lodge, chief officer (health and housing), at the city council said: “Concerns were raised by the emergency services about the potential dangers of the proposed event given that the River Lune has many dangerous hazards between Kirkby Lonsdale and Lancaster.”