20 QUES­TIONS

After pick­ing up three awards, proud Aque­duct Ma­rina owner Robert Par­ton rev­els in his pas­sion for wa­ter­ways

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Why Aque­duct Ma­rina’s Robert Par­ton can be found star­ing out of his of­fice win­dow!

1 What first at­tracted you to the wa­ter­ways? Three years of fam­ily canal boat hol­i­days in the mid-1980s, Llan­gollen and back, the Four Coun­ties Ring, and the Canal du Midi in France.

2 Which is your favourite wa­ter­way? The Mid­dlewich branch of the Shrop­shire Union. It has al­ways been there on our doorstep, as I have lived in Church Min­shull all my life.

3 What do the wa­ter­ways have to of­fer the coun­try? Leisure mixed with his­tory.

4 How did you come own and run Aque­duct Ma­rina and how long have you been there? It is home and we built it as a di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion from a dairy farm. The ma­rina has been here eight years and I have lived here since 1989.

5 What do you like most about your job? The view from my of­fice win­dow.

6 And is there any­thing you don’t like? Yes, bills and boat­ing pol­i­tics!

7 How did it feel to win the Ma­rina of the Year award? Very pleas­antly sur­prised and flat­tered to have all the hard work by staff recog­nised by a pop­u­lar vote.

8 Which wa­ter­way would you most like to see re­opened? The wa­ter­way I would like to see used more is the River Weaver, any­one for an in­clined plane be­tween the Mid­dlewich Branch and Wins­ford Flash at the south end of the nav­i­ga­ble Weaver?

9 Tell us about your boat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence… It is much greater than it was eight years ago but still plenty to learn. As my wife will vouch, I am not a DIY ex­pert or en­gi­neer.

10 What is your proud­est achieve­ment? Build­ing a great team of peo­ple who rep­re­sent our val­ues of com­mu­nity, in­no­va­tion and be­ing proac­tive.

11 Have you ever fallen in? Not yet.

12 What are you read­ing? Bill Bryson, The Road to Lit­tle Drib­bling

13 Who would be your ideal cruis­ing com­pan­ion? Alex Fer­gu­son to talk sport and suc­cess, Kylie Minogue for ob­vi­ous rea­sons but my wife Andrea and fam­ily would top both of them.

14 What’s the best time of day to be on the wa­ter­ways? I am a morn­ing per­son, so dawn at any time of year.

15 What did you want to be aged 12? A farmer.

16 What other in­ter­ests do you have? Watch­ing any sport, I have a sea­son ticket at Old Traf­ford, go­ing to the gym, play­ing ten­nis, Pi­lates and Yoga, Fri­day night net­work­ing in The Badger, or a good book. I seem to be on a few com­mit­tees, school, Bri­tish Marine and Cheshire East coun­cil.

17 What do you think of peo­ple on the wa­ter­ways? You just think you have seen ev­ery type of per­son and you meet a new one. It is the amaz­ing range that never ceases to amaze me.

18 What do you hope to be do­ing when you’re 70? En­joy­ing my­self but still liv­ing in or near Church Min­shull.

19 Where would your dream cruise be to? Any­where as long as the weather is good. I would like to visit the North­ern Cape.

20 What su­per­power would you most like to have? I would be the Time Lord Dr Who to see the fu­ture and stop the clock now and again.

Aque­duct Ma­rina in Church Min­shull has landed Five Gold An­chors and cus­tomer awards

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