Epic jour­ney for two canal vet­er­ans

Canal Boat - - Letters -

My part­ner and I re­cently came across two ladies on the Sh­effield and South Yorks nav­i­ga­tion who said they are trav­el­ling from Ripon to London in their nar­row­boats.

Here is one in Thorne on the Sun­day morn­ing tak­ing a breather be­fore go­ing onto Keadby lock where they had booked the lock-keeper for a trip out onto the Trent and down to the Grand Union.

What makes this an in­ter­est­ing story is that one of these ladies is 84 years young and says she is not ready yet for a nurs­ing home.

They both had praise for the help that Canal & River Trust vol­un­teers had given them in their jour­ney, and they must be an in­spi­ra­tion to any­one think­ing of plan­ning such a jour­ney – it just goes to show, age is just a num­ber.

ROB LYON, nb Skye via email

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