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Stratford-upon-Avon chain ferry service resumes

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The "Malvolio" has been refurbished to the original design

A historic passenger chain ferry has been restored for use across the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The "Malvolio" first entered service in 1937 but the mechanics had become worn with time and needed an overhaul.

It was restored to the original design and has returned to the crossing between Holy Trinity Church and the Royal Shakespeare Theatres.

Nick Birch of Avon Boating said the rebuilding of the ferry was a particularly interesting project.



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