Cumbria

Viking boat bid for Barrow Dock Museum funds

Vikings in longboat
Image caption The longboat will be rowed around Derwent water

"Vikings" are taking to the water to raise money for a south Cumbria museum hoping to house a newly-acquired treasure hoard.

A metal detector enthusiast found Viking silver coins and ingots near Stainton, Dalton, in 2010.

Barrow Dock Museum raised £50,000 to buy the hoard, and now wants to build a special Viking gallery.

Re-enactor warriors are rowing a replica longboat around Derwent Water to raise the cash.

The team, from Herlid Vikings group, will set off from Lodore to the Keswick boat landing, where they will hold a combat display.

After that they will stop at various landings to raise money from passing "victims".

The longboat, "Gift of the Gael", has been donated for the event by Plattyplus Watersports.

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