LOCAL election campaign stress seemed a world away for these three Tories as they took a gentle boat ride along the River Ouse.

Boundary changes saw the end of group leader John Galvin's Copmanthorpe Ward, so he is now standing for election in Wheldrake.

John's shipmates for the day were Bishopthorpe ward candidate Sue Williams and boat skipper Alan Deanes, fighting Dringhouses and Woodthorpe.

John said: "The river forms a natural boundary between the Bishopthorpe and Wheldrake wards, so as Alan has the boat we thought why not get out and see the wards from a different perspective?

"We enjoyed it, a lovely spring day and a lovely view of York."

Updated: 10:09 Friday, April 18, 2003