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9th September, 2023.
Residents from Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk were surprised with a special trip onboard ‘The Pride of Ripon’ narrowboat to sail down the Ripon canal.
Boarding at the Ripon Canal Basin, the residents enjoyed the scenic cruise to Oxclose Lock, taking in the sights with a delicious picnic whilst waving at passers-by.
84-year-old resident, John Sargent, said he had ‘a fantastic day’. John used to work for The New Zealand Shipping Company as a Master Mariner, taking charge of cargo ships that carried goods overseas.
John continued, ‘I really enjoyed being on a boat again, it was reminiscent of my time as a Master Mariner. I particularly liked having the responsibility of holding the mooring rope for the skipper as we went through the locks...
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