TO HELP celebrate 200 years since the Lancaster Canal's Northern Reaches were completed, a baronet is offering a two-night stay at his medieval castle.

Sir Humphry Wakefield is also donating fine wines from his cellar at Chillingham Castle, in Northumberland, to the bicentenary prize draw launched by the Owd Lanky Boaters Group.

The antiques expert is a patron of the waterways enthusiasts' group, which has 1,072 Facebook members. His family owned gunpowder works at Sedgwick and Gatebeck, and had a wharf on the canal at Crooklands.

Proceeds from £5 ticket sales will go to the RNLI at Morecambe and the North West Air Ambulance, said the group's Colin Ogden.

For more, see the Owd Lanky Boaters Facebook page.