Lock's and steering training

Sunday May 30th
River Avon, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

During my chairman’s year, I received a very special donation from Blackprince Holidays. A weeks holiday on a narrowboat. Such wonderful support for my charities deserved to be made the most of and the holiday was auctioned during my Gala Evening. The eventual winner was Mike and Barbara Morgan, Mike was then Vice Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council. Mike is now chairman of MHDC. Now, none of the Morgan clan had any experience of narrowboats, locks, canal’s etc, so Wendy and I offered to show them the ropes with a trip on our own narrowboat Lord Toulouse.

At about 10.45am we leave Tewkesbury

through the narrow and low road bridge.

Sailing is a popular pastime on the Avon.

There is plenty going on in the fields and lots of wildlife all around.

Mike takes a turn at steering and daughter stays out of the wind.

The Morgan family enjoying a spot of lunch in the picnic area at Eckington.

The weather was cool, sunny, cloudy, windy and views across the countryside were lovely. Bredon Tower can be seen at the top of Bredon Hill in the very distance.

Time for lock instruction,

followed by a turn on the tiller for Barbara.

Finally, we gently rise in Pershore Lock.

A well earned glass of the fizzy stuff for all concerned at the moorings in Pershore. Smashing trip, thanks for your company. I know you will enjoy your holiday on the Llangollen canal.

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One Response to “Lock's and steering training”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Thanks to both Andy and Wendy for a lovely day, we all had a smashing time and learned lots too that will no doubt come in handy for our trip.
    Good luck in all you both do in the future. The Morgans.

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