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Peter Kay launches boat for disabled people

peter kay on a wheelyboat trust vessel
peter kay on a wheelyboat trust vessel Image credit: bbc.co.uk

Comedian Peter Kay has jumped ‘on board’ a new service to make water based activities more accessible for people with disabilities.

The stand-up was giving the honour to launch The Wheelyboat at the Anderton Centre in Chorley which will allow disabled people enjoy the open seas.

Andy Beadsley, director of the Wheelyboat Trust, said the ship "removes the barriers and enables disabled people to participate alongside and on equal terms with their able-bodied counterparts".

He added: "All too often people with disabilities are restricted in the activities they can take part in due to lack of accessible facilities and equipment, which is something we are striving to change."

David Germain, chief executive at the Anderton Centre, said: "We've long wanted to be able to accommodate those on our doorstep and further afield to take part and enjoy a range of waterborne activities, and for once participate on equal terms with their able-bodied counterparts."

Kay added: "It's very lovely to be here today. I'm honoured to be asked to launch this fantastic Wheelyboat, which I hope gives a lot of people a lot of pleasure and happiness out on the water.

"The Anderton Centre is a fantastic place and I love coming here, and the people are really nice.

"When it's a nice day and there's a heatwave, you think you're in the south of France."

Peter Kay was given a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Honorary Instructor” by The Anderton Centre.