Her Royal Highness, Princess Royal, yesterday visited South West Herts Narrowboat Project in Hunton Bridge in Abbots Langley.
Princess Anne was viewing the work carried out by local volunteers on the boats belonging to the Narrowboat Project. She was greeted by trustees on arrival and was taken on a tour of a brand new canal boat built with disabled access. The South West Herts Narrowboat Project is a charity that provides a narrowboat for use by the community and youth groups. Peter Lincoln, chairman of the trustees at South West Herts Narrowboat Project, said: “The day went really, really well. “Everybody was just over-the-moon with how knowledgeable she was and how interested she was both in the project itself and things to do with canals. Princess Anne arrived was greeted by Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Lady Shelagh Nichols. Lady Nichols then presented the vice chair of Hertfordshire County Council, Peter Ruffles and also the Chairman of Three Rivers District Council, Councillor Les Mead. Mr Lincoln explained that HRH was keen to see two the two projects funded by a bequest left to the charity. One project being the refurbishment of an existing, original narrowboat; the second, the construction of a brand new boat that could accommodate somebody in a wheel chair. The wharf at the site was also refurbished with the money, to allow disabled access to the new boat. The Princess was then introduced to six students from Bushey Meads School, on Cold Harbour lane. She was presented with a posy by student Lee Keogh who is the first wheelchair user to travel on one of the narrowboats. By Olly Douglas Photos by Len Kerswill