A CELEBRATORY sail around Bridlington bay marked a special anniversary of an iconic local attraction.
The 65th anniversary of pleasure boat the Yorkshire Belle was celebrated on Monday evening, May 28, with a presentation by Bridlington mayor Michael Charlesworth.
Joint owners Peter Richardson and Roy Simpson, who have owned the boat for 30 years of its 65 year life, said that the anniversary was “a landmark occasion”.
Peter said: “There is not another one like the Yorkshire Belle in Bridlington.
“It was built specifically for Bridlington, in Beverley as a replacement for the original Yorkshire Belle which was blown up in the Second World War in 1942.
“To be in Bridlington for 65 years is a testament to the Yorkshire Belle’s popularity – when it was built there was around six pleasure boats in Bridlington. Now this is the last one.”
The pleasure boat, which can fit a maximum of 198 people on board, sails throughout the season.
When asked if the Yorkshire Belle could see another 65 years, Peter said: “I can’t see any reason why not, as long as it pays for its maintenance and upkeep.”
Bridlington Mayor Coun Charlesworth presented a picture of the Yorkshire Belle showing it in earlier days on behalf of Bridlington Town Council.
Mayor Coun Charlesworth said: “We have to congratulate the Yorkshire Belle for being in Bridlington for so long, and we had a very enjoyable evening.
“I said good luck and God speed to the The Yorkshire Belle, as it is iconic in Bridlington. I hope it continues to sail for many years to come.”