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Seem to have missed out on at least a fortnight of the Forum and am catching up slowly. I agree with Archie that the photo is the 'other' Tony Miles. I believe when Grace was broken up the knees and stem post were incorporated into a new build so are still around. Wooden boats do not like being lifted out of the water!

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11 hours ago, zenataomm said:

 

I've not heard of that, what is/was it?

A project by Coventry City Council's Education Department primarily to give the city's schoolchildren holidays on the waterways. They used the boats 'Dresden Lady' and 'Dove of Belgrade' (both approx. 65' and built by Hancock and Lane in about 1975). The project was based at Canal House, Drapers Fields (the big Victorian house next to  bridge 1 at Coventry canal basin), and some of the rooms there were also used as classrooms to be used by schoolchildren for canal based projects/lessons. The project started about 1975 - I think it finished in about 1990, but I can't be certain about that. I helped with the boats briefly in 1981 and some of the people involved at the time were Tony Miles, Baz Slowen, Andy Boucher and Barry Skinner.

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4 hours ago, John Brightley said:

A project by Coventry City Council's Education Department primarily to give the city's schoolchildren holidays on the waterways. They used the boats 'Dresden Lady' and 'Dove of Belgrade' (both approx. 65' and built by Hancock and Lane in about 1975). The project was based at Canal House, Drapers Fields (the big Victorian house next to  bridge 1 at Coventry canal basin), and some of the rooms there were also used as classrooms to be used by schoolchildren for canal based projects/lessons. The project started about 1975 - I think it finished in about 1990, but I can't be certain about that. I helped with the boats briefly in 1981 and some of the people involved at the time were Tony Miles, Baz Slowen, Andy Boucher and Barry Skinner.

It finished Easter 1997

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On 06/07/2021 at 08:13, John Brightley said:

A project by Coventry City Council's Education Department primarily to give the city's schoolchildren holidays on the waterways. They used the boats 'Dresden Lady' and 'Dove of Belgrade' (both approx. 65' and built by Hancock and Lane in about 1975). The project was based at Canal House, Drapers Fields (the big Victorian house next to  bridge 1 at Coventry canal basin), and some of the rooms there were also used as classrooms to be used by schoolchildren for canal based projects/lessons. The project started about 1975 - I think it finished in about 1990, but I can't be certain about that. I helped with the boats briefly in 1981 and some of the people involved at the time were Tony Miles, Baz Slowen, Andy Boucher and Barry Skinner.

I've just come across a photo of the Dresden Lady in the Bert Dunkley collection - here: https://collections.canalrivertrust.org.uk/bw197.2.20.15

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Just watching "Take Me High" on Talking Pictures TV (FV channel 81),  a 1973 Cliff Richard film I had never heard of,  set around the Birmingham canals. Cliff converts a working narrowboat to a live-aboard, and is seen driving a small hovercraft on the canal underneath spaghetti junction while a business rival is stuck in his broken-down car in a traffic jam on the flyover above.The  plot is a bit corny but some nice views of the canals.

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Yes, although the hovercraft is really on the river Rea which runs underneath the canal at Spaghetti Jct. Mostly filmed around Gas St and we were nearly thrown out of the cinema in Staines because we burst out laughing every time there was a change of direction. For example, Cliff is seen heading off towards Smethwick and the next scene shows him near Hockley Heath. My childhood next door neighbour felled the tree that supposedly fell in front of the Landrover in the woodland scene. The Brumburger Restaurant was the church hall of the demolished church that stood on top of the Broad Street Bridge/Tunnel.

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1 hour ago, Ronaldo47 said:

Just watching "Take Me High" on Talking Pictures TV (FV channel 81),  a 1973 Cliff Richard film I had never heard of,  set around the Birmingham canals. Cliff converts a working narrowboat to a live-aboard, and is seen driving a small hovercraft on the canal underneath spaghetti junction while a business rival is stuck in his broken-down car in a traffic jam on the flyover above.The  plot is a bit corny but some nice views of the canals.

 

Extracts can be seen here:

 

Cliff Richard - Hover (Instrumental) - YouTube

 

Cliff Richard - Life - YouTube

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