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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Monday, 10 November 2008

River Trent at Alrewas

We entered the River Trent at Alrewas and even after all the rain we had had, the river levels were normal. There is a story attached to this part of the river. On the journey out last year Ian pushed the boat of to enter the lock and unfortunately he somehow put his foot on one of the side fenders which was up on the gunwhale and promptly fell in!!! The boat was heading toward the weir and Ian was in the water. I panicked and rushed down from the lock to see if I could do anything. Of course there was nothing I could do but luckily Ian managed to climb back onto the boat and stopped it from going over the weir. He was very pleased to find his glasses were still on his head but his hat was bobbing along in the current and heading for the weir. Somehow I managed to retrieve his hat so all in all nothing was lost!! only Ian's pride!!!

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