I think this was the last trip I went on. Oak was hired from Middlewich Narrowboats (formerly Willow Wren Kearns) and as far as I can tell the route was to Manchester via Runcorn then up the Rochdale Nine and on to the Upper Peak Forest. My photo’s – and recollections – stop there, but presumably the boat went on to do the Cheshire Ring. It may have been a fortnight’s trip and I have a feeling I only went for the first week. By this stage over half the crew were from North Manchester Camra which led to a certain imbalance in the boating/drinking equation! Dai Evz brought his CB radio set which we used to communicate between the boat and the lock-wheelers – at least until the novelty wore off.
Boat: Oak – from Middlewich Narrowboats
Crew: Bob Balham, Ken Birch, Pete Cash, Margaret Cash, Clive Coole (possibly), Jim Davies, David Evans (“Dai Evz”), Angela Jones, Dunca n Roberts.
Route: Middlewich – Preston Brook – Runcorn – Manchester – Marple – Whalley Bridge – ???
Photo’s: Jim’s photos are on this Flickr link.