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14/07/17: Boating "Royalty".

Husband and wife, Timothy West (actor) and Prunella Scales (Sybil in Faulty Towers) have made over 20 programmes for Channel 4 with the title ‘Great Canal Journeys’ covering waterways throughout the UK, some on the Continent and most recently India. This will be their last series and the Albion will feature on the very last part of the last programme during October of this year. The series will end with the sun starting to set as they sail along.

They still own their own narrow-boat and canal cruising has been a feature of their lives since the 1970s. I am not sure if a sailing boat has featured in any other programmes so Albion could well be a first from this point of view!

Thanks to Martin Symes, Ian Bloomfield and "Holkham Admiral" of the norfolkbroadsnetwork.com for supplying the photos.

The team arrives at Beccles.
Tim getting the low down from our skipper. Pru making sure her man is ship shape.
Ready for the off. We decided not to give Tim a quant pole !
Waiting patiently for Albion to be turned.
Pru looking relieved to know there are no locks ahead.
Everyone held their breath but Tim turned out to be a natural.
The end of a memorable trip for our crew.

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13/04/17: Almost Ready.

Another good day at base, the most obvious achievment was rigging the sail but behind the scenes much work was done washing and cleaning the galley kit and getting below decks spick and span, many thanks to the many hands involved today.

The newly fitted out well is looking good.

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23/03/17: Base Maintenance.

While Albion recommissioning continues our base gets some "tlc". The dredger moves into our wet shed which means everyone has to make room !


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09/02/17: Recommissioning Under Way.

Having returned to base at the weekend our volunteers have made a splendid start to getting Albion ready for the charter season.

Friends Reunited !
The hold is coming along nicely.
Preparing for finishing off the cockpit & cuddy.
A bit of work required on the cockpit !. An unpopular move, it was sleeting !
We even managed to make a start on everyone's favourite job - reloading the ballast.


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05/02/17: Homeward Bound.

Having been "locked" in the ice at Oulton Broad for nearly 10 days we finally brought Albion home.

The "escape" down the Waveney.
Dodging ice flows, actually the little "icebergs" were foam from a pumping station !
About halfway into an 8hr return trip to Ludham.
Not quite sure what was so interesting just looking at mud!
Turning into The Bure.
Back on the Northern Rivers !
A critical eye might comment ?
The forecasts last week were dire but in the end Breydon was calm.

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