Helpers needed for river trips

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“Ahoy there, me hearties” and “come aboard you salty sea dogs” are just two of the phrases those keen to navigate the River Stour could be using in the near future.

The River Stour Trust is looking for volunteers to join its team of skippers and crew, carrying passengers on boat trips from Sudbury.

The trips take place every weekend from April to October and allow visitors to enjoy the scenery along the river, made famous by John Constable’s paintings.

Catherine Burrows, from the River Stour Trust, said anyone was welcome to come to help out.

“Anyone who can handle a sailing boat or motorboat will be able to drive one, but if they have never driven a boat before, then full training, and familiarisation with the river, will be provided, or they could join the support crews,” she said.

“The river is peaceful, with just swans and occasional rowing boats to negotiate, and people will find themselves drifting back 200 years to the days when it was a busy commercial waterway, with 50ft lighters towed in pairs by horses through 13 locks from the sea to Sudbury.”

For some, there will even be the opportunity to operate the trust’s restored River Stour Lighter barge John Constable. The 160-year-old boat has been back on the water since its relaunch in May.

Anyone interested should contact the trust on 01787 313199.