Punt launched to public acclaim!
Around fifteen supporters braved a cold wind to witness the naming and launching of our new work punt from the canal towpath last Tuesday.
Her majesty was present in effigy and the launching honours devolved to Gillie and Jane who discharged their responsibities magnificently. The punt bears the name of Patrick Stead, who did so much to defend the Navigation in former times, and was duly baptised with local ale - more fitting than champagne for a town that owes much of its prosperity to a historic national thirst for beer. The punt will be used to clear litter and reed from the waterway - we have already retrieved one plastic bottle and more will follow. The Reach will once more have regular navigation - albeit on a reduced scale!
Patrick will be joined by Wren another punt now resting in Halesworth and more used to Easton reed beds hence the name Wren after the little River Wren from Wrentham which used to be far bigger and provide those in Wrentham with a place to swim.