Rowing club names newest boat in backer’s honour

Allyson Rose with rowing club headcoach Steven Thompson.

Allyson Rose with rowing club headcoach Steven Thompson.

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A rowing club has hailed one of its backers as so oar-some after naming its newest boat in her honour.

Allyson Rose has helped Chester-le-Street Amateur Rowing Club by helping to raise more than £8,000 through funding and helping with grant applications.

The boat will make such a difference for the club and we are so grateful to Allyson for helping us obtain the funding to get it.

Stephen Thompson, head coach of Chester-le-Street Amateur Rowing Club.

She discovered the club’s new safety vessel had been given her name at a unveiling ceremony.

Allyson works with Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership (AAP) to support voluntary and community organisations.

She said: “It was a total surprise.

“I never dreamed of anything like that when I went along to see the new boat.

“I love my job and being able to help local organisations, so to have the club name a boat after me was a great honour.”

The new training boat, which cost £3,500, will help rowers develop their skills and abilities on the water.

Steven Thompson, head coach, said: “The boat will make such a difference for the club and we are so grateful to Allyson for helping us obtain the funding to get it.”

Allyson has worked with the AAP since it was set up in 2009 and previously worked with the former Chester-le-Street District Council in a similar role, so has been helping the rowing club and other local organisations in the area for more than 10 years.

Bob Young, the club’s chairman, added: “Allyson is invaluable, no matter what query we have or what we need, Allyson is always willing to help and is so dependable.”

Rowing had been held on the River Wear at Chester-le-Street since the 1880s, with records showing a club has been running in the town since 1888.

It closed for a few years after a strong following in the 1950s, but was resurrected in the 1980s, when a sponsor donated three boats, and new members and leaders helped start up sessions again.

It helped lay the foundations of the club as it is today and it now has a boathouse, with more than 90 juniors and 25 seniors and veterans.

The club has access to a 1,500m stretch of the River Wear as its teams prepare to take part in regional, national and international events and goes on rowing trips to boost their training.

Anyone who would like more information about its activities can visit its website www.clsarc.org, email its leaders mail@clsarc.org or visit its Facebook page www.facebook.com/CLSARC.