At around the turn of the century Tony’s employer dispensed with his services and so, with a lifelong interest in boats and waterways, he was easily recruited to CanalAbility by its press gang at a waterways festival. Since then he has been crewing and skippering cruises and is pleased to help hirers to enjoy the river and learn to control the locks and boat. Tony has also helped on maintenance work parties, including painting bottoms black and polishing mushrooms.
Currently he co-ordinates the boat turnarounds – their cleaning, servicing and checking – so that the boats are in an excellent condition for our hirers to enjoy their holidays on the rivers. This work is mostly carried out on Fridays by a mixed group of staff and volunteers wielding everything from feather dusters to car polish together with loads of elbow grease.
What Tony loves most about working at CanalAbility, is that it provides an opportunity to give experiences to disadvantaged people that are not readily available everywhere. Plus, he says, “it is just fun working here!”
In his spare time Tony enjoys gardening, photography, cycling, going on walks. And of course going to boat festivals!