I don’t believe it!
HELLO, IT’S ‘VICTOR MELDREW’ here.
Well the sun came out at the weekend and so did the rather foolish boaters.
Episode one... one hire boat appears going flat out. Instead of going through the lock, they turned right towards the weir! Bad mistake, so slam it in reverse and go back... into the trees.
Then do a few shunts backwards and forwards and eventually go flat out again into a large tree stump on the far bank, unfortunately, making the person on the roof disappear into the well deck as the boat rose up out of the water on impact. Well perhaps that person should not have been dancing on the roof at the time. But hey ho, they had fun!
Episode two... one little, no name, no number, no licence yogurt pot with more than enough crew on board, came up through the lock. Must have been in a hurry because they left the top gate's paddles and ground paddles open.
Trouble is, no-one else used the lock until they returned. So, in they came closing the gate behind them and opening the paddles on the bottom gates. Guess what.... 45 minutes later they where still waiting for the lock to empty, but, not to worry, the pub next to the lock was still open so time for another jar. Eventually, they twigged there was a problem and stumbled on the open paddles, perhaps even cursing the person who had left them open.
So eventually they appeared, leaving gates open and paddles raised and speeding past moored boats in their wake.