Lock award goes west

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John Rosen­thal, lock keeper at Netham Lock in Bris­tol, has been pre­sented with the Lock Keeper of the Year Award for 2017.

The Esme Dowl­ing Award, pre­sented in mem­ory of a keeper at Nap­ton Locks from 1957 to 1988, is awarded an­nu­ally by the ho­tel boats group within Bri­tish Marine In­land Boat­ing. As the group’s chair Nick Mead ex­plains, “As pro­fes­sional boaters we like to recog­nise the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of nav­i­ga­tion author­ity staff, es­pe­cially when they give ex­cep­tional ser­vice to boaters.” Trav­el­ling al­most the en­tire wa­ter­way sys­tem be­tween them, they get to ap­pre­ci­ate the ser­vices of keep­ers on many wa­ter­ways from var­i­ous author­i­ties. Last year’s win­ners were an En­vi­ron­ment Agency team from the Thames; Mr Rosen­thal’s lock links the Bris­tol Docks Feeder Canal to the River Avon above the city (and so to the Ken­net & Avon Canal), and is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Bris­tol Har­bour Author­ity.

He is pic­tured (sec­ond from left) with the Bris­tol deputy Har­bour­mas­ter (sec­ond from right) and the op­er­a­tors of ho­tel boat Tran­quil Rose.

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