THE West Wilts Youth Sailing Association celebrated it's 50th anniversary last month with a day of fun and games on the water.

On Septmber 16, young members came along to the day of celebrations and took part in canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and raft building.

A BBQ was much appreciated after a very active and tiring day.

Pat Walker, secretary for the WWYSA said: "The children had a great day taking part in all sorts of water activities and joined in the celebrations with us.

"It feels wonderful to reach our 50th anniversary, especially after recovering from the fire in 2014 which destroyed most of our equipment and forced us to shut for 12 weeks.

"All our volunteers worked so hard to get the association back up and running, so it's wonderful to now be celebrating our anniversary."

In the evening, the club held a celebration at The Horse & Groom for all past and present members with wine, music, food and reminiscing.

Deputy Mayor Ian Cunningham attended and Tim Cross, a past member, was the guest speaker.

Mr Cunningham said: "It was a fantastic evening, and we got to hear some uplifting stories from many young people who have been to the club and experienced many activities thanks to the support of the WWYSA.

"When I first moved here I was surprised to learn that a little county like Wiltshire even had a youth sailing association, but I think it is a wonderful thing to have.

"Congratulations to all the members on their 50th anniversary, it's quite an achievement."

Over the last 50 years volunteers have given up hours of their time to keep up the high standard of training at the club, repair the boats, maintain the buildings and keep the site clear. The association would like to thank all their instructors and helpers over the years for their generous support.