After many years of secret negotiations between the General Committee and United Utilities, UU have finally agreed to dredging the reservoir and the removal of the island to give us a bigger area of water to sail on.

What about the gulls? They will be offered a resettlement compensation package and offered new boats to poo on at Leigh and Lowton.

The announcement, made on 1st April, is great news for the committee who have worked long and hard for this over the years.