Thursday, 26 January 2012
Bringing back the Belle
To the delight of all who travel upon the service, the Northern Belle has returned to service after this winter's refit. The Northern has been away in Mashford's (about 50 ft further down the river!) for just over two months, and has come out looking stunning, as she does every year. How true the phrase is, that you don't realise what you've got until its gone, and even at the grand old age of 84, there is most certainly no boat better for the job! You really notice the little things that make the boat so well suited to the job after her spell away each winter, so is always lovely to have her back. Add to this the unbeatable sound of a throbbing Gardner 6LXB to wake you up each morning, you couldn't ask for much more! I shall certainly try to treasure the trips this years, now that I enter my last year of regular commuting aboard the Northern!