Lock award goes west
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.