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Why were people canoeing on the canal in Chester in the dark?

Student nurse left confused after filming the paddlers in Hoole

A University of Chester student has been left perplexed after seeing a number of canoes paddling in the dark.

Video footage has emerged of the trail end of a cohort of 15 canoes heading down the canal in Chester.

Amy Cutting, who lives in Hoole, was enjoying a quiet late Saturday afternoon when the sounds of a boom box came from the canal below.

Lucy Skelton Snapped on the canal in Chester
Snapped on the canal in Chester

The 20-year-old student nurse said: "I could hear music and people laughing outside.

"So I went to look and I got the back end of around fifteen canoes going up the canal towards the city centre.

"Three of them stopped and rowed in circles and were waiting for two other rowers to catch up.

"One of the rowers had a little canoe with a boom box playing music.

"I am originally from Manchester so I thought this kind of thing must be the norm in Chester!"

Amy Cutting
Amy Cutting

The canoes were out at a time when a severe weather warning was in place for Cheshire West, with gusts of up to 55mph expected.

Lucy Skelton sent in a number of pictures and believes they were having a Christmas party.

Lucy Skelton The party on the canal
The party on the canal

She said: "I believe they were doing their bit for charity.

"They were all dressed in Hawaiian fancy dress as they rowed down to the Bridge Inn.

"They were very lovely and stopped for a chat while my neighbours and I were enjoying our own Christmas party."

Do you know why the canoes were paddling in the dark? Let us know in the comments below or email cheshire.news@trinitymirror.com



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