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Nov 2008 Vote for the Boat 2008-11-23 16:15:46

If you have ever enjoyed a ride in a boat, this is for you! We need your votes!


In the BIG Lottery People’s Millions Competition, The River Tone Community Trip Boat is one of two projects in the ITV West region that will appear on the 6.00pm ITN Local News programme on 25 November 2008. The project that gets the most votes will receive up to £50,000.


If we win, we will buy a boat to run short trips on the River Tone from the centre of Taunton, and longer community and educational trips on the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal and further afield in Somerset for everyone to enjoy.


The boat will be:

  • run by trained volunteers from the Somerset Waterways Development Trust
  • designed to carry 12 passengers
  • accessible for wheelchairs and buggies
  • sustainably powered and silent running


Voting will be by telephone. Lines will be open from 9.00am to midnight on 25 November 2008


Calls can be made from anywhere in the U.K. and will cost 10p from a BT landline but other networks and mobile phones may cost more. After operating costs have been recouped, BIG lottery will donate any remaining phone revenue to charity.


Somerset County Council and Project Taunton have promised grant funding towards this project.


The number to call will be announced on the day, in the Daily Mirror and from 9.00am on the BIG Lottery Website. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/peoplesmillions Remember, remember the 25th of November!