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Barges on the telly: Jimmy Lawrence and Nick Ardley on BBC2 TV 29th and 30th September

Jimmy Lawrence talking about life on the barges

I gather that the first programme of the new BBC2 series Floating History of Britain goes out on the 30th September, and that it is to be about Thames sailing barges. I’m told it will include material from this year’s Thames Match.

I told also that the BBC Breakfast show on the 29th September will include an interview with legendary barge skipper, sailmaker and wonderful raconteur Jim Lawrence together with cruising sailor, long-time barge hand and author Nick Ardley, whose young life was spent on the barge May Flower.

The Tyne, 1962

Your Heritage: the Tyne is a┬áTyne Tees film from 1962 with a wonderful voiceover full of flowery language, and skilful accents and acting by Mike Neville. It’s full of nostalgia for me, as I remember much of this from my time in Newcastle a decade later. I thought it a fabulous place with a fabulous river…

A harbour stroll: Queenborough Classics 2017

It was a jolly do, if not terribly big after a number of boats called off or left due to the inclement Friday and the windy forecast for Sunday. Nevertheless, the Saturday of the event was blessed with fine weather as you’ll see…

For Nick Ardley’s write up of the event, click here.