THERE was joy for members of the Droitwich Waterways Pamela May Trust last Thursday when their dream of a new narrowboat became a reality.
The hull of the boat was delivered on a lorry from Stoke-on-Trent to Shenstone, just outside Droitwich, where it will be fitted out over the next few months. The trust wanted to use as many local tradespeople as possible to carry out the work.
The new vessel, made possible after a successful £110,000 fund-raising campaign, will be completely accessible with a wheelchair lift and disabled toilet, meaning everyone will be able to enjoy the waterways.
The Pamela May 2 is of cutting edge design, being completely electric and solar powered making it silent on the water with no unwanted diesel fumes.
It is hoped the official launch will be in May, just in time for the summer, after the RYA qualified crew are familiar with handling the new vessel.
The charity takes many local groups and families, both abled and disabled, for trips along the canals.
Visit www.pamelamay.co.uk for more information.