Sand­ford keeper voted top

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Ho­tel boat op­er­a­tors have made Ai­dan Ma­hon of the Thames’s Sand­ford Lock their choice for top lock keeper of the year in the an­nual vote.

The keeper at the lock just down­stream of Ox­ford came top in a vote by ho­tel boat­ing mem­bers of Bri­tish Ma­rine In­land Boat­ing, which aims to recog­nise staff or vol­un­teers who have “gone the ex­tra mile” in de­liv­er­ing good ser­vice on the wa­ter­ways net­work. He beat run­ners-up from Ted­ding­ton and Cul­ham locks, both also on the Thames, as well as the Stan­ley Locks in Liver­pool on the Leeds & Liver­pool Canal.

Mr Ma­hon de­scribed re­ceiv­ing the Esme Dowl­ing Award (named in mem­ory of a for­mer keeper at Nap­ton on the Ox­ford Canal) as “fan­tas­tic recog­ni­tion for the work we do”, adding that “all lock keep­ers along the Thames” would “keep try­ing to live up to the greats who have won the Award pre­vi­ously”.

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