It was meant to be a triumphant return for the Legend of the Ouse.
Instead, like the rest of us, it’s sheltering from the non-stop rain.
The three-story raft is equipped with seating, lighting and hammocks – perfect for a summer of al-fresco entertainment.
As we reported last year, it graced the banks of the river in 2022 – where it basked in the sunshine of the UK’s hottest summer.
This year, it’s been spotted by City Cruises York host Imogen McDougall, hiding dejectedly under Clifton Bridge.
Created by a group of friends from York, the whole planning and building process has taken months.
It began as a floating barbecue back in 2012, before evolving into the iconic ‘Legend of the Ouse’ we see today.
They were keen to emphasise that the raft is very safe to be on the water and have previously met the police, the fire department and York Rescue Boat to be sure.
The Legend of the Ouse’s Instagram has videos showing how much hard work went into building the raft.
Hopefully they will be rewarded with a late summer heatwave so they can enjoy the raft’s facilities to the full.
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