That's different!

Published: Friday, 05 October 2018

THE  Wey & Arun Canal Trust certainly know how to get interest in its restoration when it unveiled its latest renovation project, a slipway located on Dunsfold Park on the Surrey/West Sussex border.

It was by a stunning blue Amphicar, owned by Mike and Jane Stallwood, that was made in Germany in the 1960s and can travel up to 70 miles an hour on land, and seven knots in water.

AmphicarWeyArunLatest chapter

It was among a number of boats, kayaks and canoes to take to the water to mark the latest chapter in the Wey & Arun Canal’s restoration. Along with the slipway, the Trust has created a wharf and landing stage at the site.

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

Began in 2016

The build of the slipway began back in 2016, with the majority of the work taking place over the past year, during which time the volunteer workers had to endure flooding, arctic temperatures and searing heat to get the slipway to completion.

WACT Chairman Sally Schupke enthused:

"Congratulations to our volunteers who have transformed this site and in particular Tony Ford, the project manager, and Dave Evans, the site manager. We are delighted that the Mayor of Waverley was able to join us today and officially open the new slipway.”