A woman with family connections to Wem had so many good things about the experience of boating in north Shropshire, she flew over from 'Down Under' to enjoy it with them.

Ceila Tasman, 74, is from Perth, in Western Australia, recently came over to visit her family and stayed with her sister Bridget Watts from Wem.

Some of her family had been on the outing with the Lyneal Trust, who are based in Ellesmere, and their Shropshire Lady narrow boat for a day trip last year and enjoyed it so much they organised another trip for the whole family.

When Celia heard about their plans she arranged to fly over to join them for the trip and believes it was well worth making the trip to spend time with her family on the boat.

She told bosses at the Trust that it had been so well worth making the journey from Australia to join her family on such a relaxing outing with such beautiful scenery in the company of her family.

The Trust said she even commented that it was so easy to board the boat with its inbuilt lift and so well fitted out with every facility required for a most enjoyable day.

Peter Walters, a trustee at Lyneal Trust, admitted he was delighted to receive some positive and welcome feedback.

He said “It was a great pleasure to join the family on this special occasion and to greet Celia, having made the long journey, to hear how much she enjoyed the facilities that Lyneal Trust provides.

"The increasing popularity of Lyneal Trust, including the two holiday boats, the day boat and residential chalet properties means that we need more volunteers to help run this charity.

"We can help disabled, vulnerable or those recovering from illness of all ages with the opportunity of a day or holiday that would otherwise be impossible.

“We are looking for further volunteers to ensure we are able to crew and skipper our boats to meet growing demand."

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please email bookings@lynealtrust.org.uk or speak to our secretary on 01948 710708 for more details.

To learn more about Lyneal Trust and what they do, head to their website at www.lyneal-trust.org.uk