Sandford keeper voted top
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”.