All aboard for Balmoral cruise

Briton Ferry is to play host once more to the veteran passenger ship MV Balmoral, which was built in 1949.

The Balmoral setting sail from Briton Ferry on its 2011 cruise

The Balmoral setting sail from Briton Ferry on its 2011 cruise

The first of two historic cruises leaves the Quays wharf by Brunel Dock on Friday June 22, sailing at 9.00am for Ilfracombe via Porthcawl and returning to Briton Ferry at 9.00pm.

The second cruise takes place on Tuesday August 21, again for Ilfracombe via Porthcawl, sailing at 9.30am and returning to Briton Ferry at 9.30pm.

Tickets for both cruises are available from Mike’s Newsagents, Neath Road, Briton Ferry or online at Passengers can also buy tickets on board.

“This is becoming an annual event for the county borough,” said Neath Port Talbot Council leader Ali Thomas. “Balmoral’s sailing from the historic port of Briton Ferry and the Brunel Dock shows our commitment to tourism and heritage in the area.”

Cllr Hugh James, local councillor and organiser with the Briton Ferry Balmoral Group, added “This is a great step forward to restore tourism to an industrial area and to bring back the pride of the days of holiday cruises, which have not taken place for 60 years.”

The cruises also represent a great push for the regeneration of the town and the busy river run by the Neath Port Authority, he said.

Balmoral was the last passenger ship owned by PA Campbell and Company, whose ships and paddle steamers worked the Bristol Channel for more than a century. As well as providing comfortable passenger accommodation, Balmoral has a bar, a restaurant and a shop.

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