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Christine Tacon’s Olympic adventure… by narrowboat

I know Boris Johnson is encouraging everyone to get creative about how they travel during the Olympics, but I don’t think he quite envisaged this as a way of avoiding the crowds…


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Christine Tacon (former director of Co-op Farms and our Farmers Apprentice judge) and her family have travelled from her home in Macclesfield, all the way to London in a narrowboat. Here she is aboard the vessel, which is called ‘Eliza Penelope’.


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For the last 24 hours the family have been feverishly revising marine codes on horn blasts, VHF radio usage and the phonetic alphabet – as they prepare to tackle the final leg of their journey along the tidal Thames.

They’re scheduled to arrive in central London at about 6pm this evening (Tuesday 17 July) passing landmarks like Hammersmith, Westminster and Tower Bridge along the way.

“If you are in London and want to cheer us on we are transmitting our location live on our website – the wonders of GPS!” she told Farmers Weekly.

See more pictures from Christine’s 16-day adventure on her blog.  

Rachel Jones

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