Bad weather delays return of kayakers to Newbiggin

Kayakers, from left, Stuart Leslie, from Newbiggin, Lee Wilson, from North Seaton, and Craig Leslie, from Newbiggin.
Kayakers, from left, Stuart Leslie, from Newbiggin, Lee Wilson, from North Seaton, and Craig Leslie, from Newbiggin.
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THUNDERSTORMS and bad weather has delayed the return to Newbiggin of three young kayakers who have been circumnavigating Britain.

Brothers Craig, 22, and Stuart Leslie, 20, and their friend Lee Wilson, 20, were expected to arrive back at Newbiggin beach on Bank Holiday Monday after travelling around the coastline of Britain in an anti-clockwise direction.

The trio are now expected back at noon on Wednesday.

Friends and family are hoping that the town will turn out and give the group – who called themselves ‘Land on our Left’ – a warm welcome on their return.

The trio set off from Newbiggin on May 26 for their challenge to raise £10,000 for their charities – Keyfund, CHUF and Kidney Research UK.

The keen paddlers have had a few scary moments on their journey including being met by both gunfire and sharks, with neither causing damage to them or their kayaks.

They have been helped by generous supporters who have offered them showers, food or a bed for the night, but they have also had to endure stormy nights camping in remote areas.

It is the first time a kayaker has ever completed the challenge of travelling around the British coast in an anti-clockwise direction due to superstitions of travelling contrary to the sun’s direction and going against the prevailing winds.

Progress can be followed via Facebook and Twitter or at www.withlandonourleft.co.uk