New season begins for Appledore and Instow ferry

10:21 02 April 2013

People in Instow welcome the ferry boats with crew. Pic by Graham Hobbs

People in Instow welcome the ferry boats with crew. Pic by Graham Hobbs

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The ferry service launched yesterday (Mon) with a new boat and two new tenders.

DESPITE the bitter weather, the Appledore to Instow ferry started the season with dozens of passengers yesterday (Mon).

The service carried 15,300 passengers last year and has purchased a new boat called Lizzie M, which will start carrying passengers across the estuary next week.

Two tenders, named Skyfall and Appledore Adventure by local school children, were also purchased for skippers to reach the boats from the slipways.

John Nightingale, of the ferry service, said it had been great to see so many people turn out in the cold conditions.

“We didn’t know how many people would turn up, but we ended up carrying 110 people across,” said John.

“Primary children from Appledore and Instow also came out for the naming competition of the two tenders.

“The ferry carried Appledore Town Band as they played across the river which was great to see.

“We were as busy yesterday as a day in the middle of the season, and most of the passengers were visitors which is even better.”

The service purchased the new boats with funding from various organisations, including a £30,000 grant from the Village SOS Big Lottery Fund.

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