Celebrations have started to mark the 50th anniversary of the outdoor education centre Plas Dol-y-Moch.
The centre in Snowdonia National Park has hosted thousands of the city’s schoolchildren over decades after it was bought by the Council in 1966.
To mark the anniversary, Lord Mayor Coun Michael Hammon was joined by former athlete David Moorcroft at the Canal Basin. And school pupil Farouke Kigonya and Dol-y-Moch veteran Jan Brown joined them as they took to the waters in a canoe.
The Lord Mayor said: “Everyone you speak to who has been brought up in Coventry in the last 50 years say they have tales to tell from when they went as kids. We have to preserve it for future generations, knowing so many people get so much enjoyment out of it now.”
Jan, from Kenilworth, who first went in 1967 as a young teacher and has been going ever since with the centre’s ‘Friends of Dol-y-Moch’ charity, said: "Everyone there welcomes you with open arms and it is the best place to learn and take part in adventure activities.”
The centre has been self-financing for many years and is not dependent on subsidy or charity. However, Friends of Dol-y-Moch aims to pay for facilities which would not otherwise be affordable. The charity’s aim in this anniversary year is to raise £750,000.