Prior to the Hoveton Jubilee celebrations, Heather's team spent many weeks doing repairs on board. It was touch and go whether we would be ready in time, however despite periods of chaos, the houseboat appeared surprising presentable. We decided to lay beside the oak tree at the King's Head Hotel ancient moorings. Heather flew the Red Ensign on the roof for the festivities, for what turned out to be a memorable few days.
It was an opportunity to enjoy water life whilst using Heather. Thomas Coulby exhibited his art during part of the celebrations ~ the first official public opening of the boat for many years. On Monday, the crew and guests watched the Water Procession journey through the centuries old road bridge at Wroxham. Built of limestone, red brick and steel, this worn monument has witnessed many changes since 1952; although it remains, a symbol of continuity.
We discovered 2012 is also a special anniversary for the houseboat ~ it is now sixty years since she was officially hired as a holiday boat. Follow our special anniversary events later this year.
MC JUDITH WINDMILL, making way up Bridge Reach, with the Bailey family on board. Launched in the nineteen fifties, she is now a Broadland flagship of the Vintage Wooden Boat Association, which actively protects and promotes custom craft.
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