Anchors aweigh as boat bosses make shortlist

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A city canal cruise firm is in line to win a top national award for its work.

Lancaster Canal Boats, which operates the summer season canal cruises and waterbus from its Aldcliffe Road mooring, has been selected as a finalist under the recreation and tourism section of the 2013 Waterways Renaissance Awards with its Lune Aqueduct Experience cruises.

For the past 11 years the awards have recognised more than 120 exceptional projects that have transformed the nation’s canals and rivers into exciting places.

Led by an independent panel of experts from the environmental, engineering, architecture and regeneration sectors, the awards are highly regarded across the UK,

They shine the spotlight on the tremendous work done by volunteers, local communities and public, private and voluntary organisations to keep our canals and rivers special.

The Lune Aqueduct experience offers tourists and local people the opportunity to cruise around the city centre passing historical mills and urban landscape.

On arrival at the aqueduct passengers can view the surrounding countryside and city scape from the top of Britain’s largest masonry aqueduct.

The awards ceremony will take place on May 23.

Barry Cole, managing director, said: “We have built the Lune Aqueduct canal cruises with very hard work through some very troubled times.

“All credit to my team for their endeavours and special thanks to the Toppings at Barton Grange for a great working partnership.”