PEOPLE had fun in the sun on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Devizes to mark the 25th anniversary of the Queen opening the restored Caen Hill flight of locks. Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire Sarah Troughton descended the flight of locks on Friday in a canal boat before stopping at Lock 43 known as the Queen Elizabeth II lock where the original ceremony took place on August 8, 1990.
Fun in the sun to remember Queen's visit to Caen Hill Locks
Sargeant on Parade
Now that he is finished with probing the nation’s politicians, John Sargeant can indulge in larking about, preferably on the barges of Great Britain if his new TV series is anything to go by, says Sally Saunders
As a certain water rat once said, there is nothing half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
It’s a message that the former chief political correspondent of the BBC has taken to heart.
For, after decades strolling along the corridors of power, or standing in the rain outside No 10, he is simply messing about in boats. And trains. And the odd plane. Not for him penning weighty tomes about the state of modern politics or presenting highbrow discussions on Radio 4, like some of his former colleagues.
To celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on four spectacular canal journeys, sharing a passion that they've enjoyed for decades. To start the series, Tim and Pru revisit the Kennet and Avon Canal in the West Country. Back in 1990, to promote the fully restored canal, Tim and Pru were invited to be the first boat in 42 years to travel the full length of the K&A. Almost a quarter of a century later, they navigate the 21 miles along its most picturesque stretch, starting in Bath and ending in Devizes.
This 28 minute BBC film from Julia Bradbury’s canal walks series aired in 2012 is a fantastic introduction to the delights of the K&A between Bath and Foxhangers. Julia walks the towpath and discovers the hidden network of locks, bridges, aqueducts and tunnels: