15:42 Thursday 23 January 2014

Popular marina re-opens following crane accident

Written byJORDAN DAY

The Fish and Duck Marina The Fish and Duck Marina

A marina which was left badly damaged following a crane accident has now re-opened to the public.

The Fish and Duck Marina in Holt Fen, Little Thetford, suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage when a 60 tonne, eight-wheeler crane toppled into the water there.

The incident happened last July - just a couple of months after James and Davina Harvey re-opened the marina following a major refurbishment.

The driver of the crane, who was carrying out restoration work, was inside the cab at the time but managed to escape unharmed.

Now, following yet further repair and refurbishment work, the popular marina is open to the public once again.

It can also now offer the boating community a new slipway, extra hard-standing for storage of boats and trailers and a boat valeting service.

John Aldous, manager of the marina, said: “Luckily no one was hurt. But it left a large dent in the piling and rendered some areas unfit for mooring.

“The crane incident couldn’t have come at a worse time. But we believe that it is important to focus on the positives – we learnt a lot, it helped us further focus our health and safety policy and we have regenerated from the ruins.”

Since the incident, the marina, which is located on the pivotal point of three of the region’s largest rivers, has managed to fill nearly half of its available mooring berths in just over six months.

Mr Aldous said: “We are now looking towards the future and further expansion of what we already offer boaters.

“The new slipway enables boat owners to haul their boats in and out of the water at the marina - whether this be for repairs, wintering of boats or simply to access the river systems.

“In addition to the slipway and as part of the development of our services, we have also created a hard-standing for storage of boats and trailers, and we also now offer boat valeting.”

Mr and Mrs Harvey were also awarded a premises licence for the marina when they bought the site - a move they hope will allow them to re-build the pub and restaurant that was once there.

The Fish and Duck Inn was demolished in 2009 - much to the disappointment of locals.

For more information about the marina, call (01353) 648081 or visit www.fishandduck.co.uk.

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