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Lincoln tour boat springs back to life

The owner of popular Lincoln pleasure boat Brayford Belle is bringing back the service this spring and celebrating the legacy left by her late husband.

The Brayford Belle will set sail once again on April 18, with Boatmaster Monna Owen at the helm.

Monna’s late husband Paul ran the service until he passed away in November 2013 following a short illness.

After months of organising and enlisting the help of Paul’s cousin David Bell and brother John Owen, Monna has been able to relaunch the service at the same price as last year.

The Brayford Belle pleasure boat in Lincoln
The Brayford Belle pleasure boat in Lincoln

Monna, who also nurses in North East Lincolnshire, said: “It feels absolutely wonderful to be doing this. It is what he would have wanted me to do and it is lovely to be keeping his legacy going. Paul will never be forgotten.

“The only thing that I won’t be offering this year is on-board parties, but we will be running our pleasure trips from Brayford Pool to the Pyewipe and back five times a day.”

The Brayford Belle’s cruises leave Brayford Pool at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm.

Fares range from £6.50 for adults to £5.50 for Senior Citizens and £4 for Children. Family Tickets are also available costing £18.

Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions Manager Michael Armstrong said: “It’s great news that the Brayford Belle is making a comeback this Easter-time and also that Monna has been able to maintain prices at last year’s level.

“Brayford Pool is a real gem at the heart of the city centre and the Brayford Belle’s cruises allow visitors and locals alike to experience it, and enjoy the city sights and surrounding landscape, in a leisurely way.”