First boats through the lock this year
Sir, — I was at Hambleden lock on Wednesday morning last week with my camera when two inflatable boats arrived with six crew from the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
They had come south to help with assessing the state of the Thames and in particular the debris which had accumulated.
There were three crew members in each boat but two had stepped out to speak to the lock-keeper. The lock-keeper told me that these were the first boats to come through Hambleden lock this year!