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Trust makes a splash at slipway ceremony

After floods, arctic temperatures and searing heat – it’s finished. The Thriscutt slipway was unveiled in style at a ceremony on 30th September in the presence of Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Denise Le Gal.

The build was made possible by a generous donation from the Thriscutt family in memory of their parents, Nancy and Sydney Thriscutt. Son Andrew travelled from Canada to unveil a plaque dedicating the slipway to his father.

Among the boats, kayaks and canoes to take to the water to mark event was a stunning blue Amphicar, owned by Mike and Jane Stallwood. About 4,000 of the cars were made in Germany in the 1960s and it can travel up to 70 miles an hour on land, and 7 knots in water.

Mayor Le Gal was treated to a trip on the canal in the car, along with Andrew Thriscutt.

The slipway has been built to IWA standards and it is hoped to host the IWA National Trailboat Rally at the site in the near future.

Gill Davies
Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Mayor of Waverley Councillor Denise Le Gal and Andrew Thriscutt in Mike Smallwood's Amphicar
  • Ready to cut the ribbon to open the finished slipway
  • The trailable Wilderness Beaver was the first to test out the slipway
  • Andrew Thriscutt and his family unveiled a plaque dedicated to Nancy and Sydney Thriscutt
  • And the slipway is officially open
  • The Amphicar attracted lots of attention
  • Boats, canoes, kayaks and an amphibious car took to the water to celebrate the opening