Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Community ferry numbers up 20 per cent during busy summer season.
THE Appledore to Instow ferry has carried its 40,000th passenger since current operations began again in June 2011.
Jeff and Pip Barwick-Parkinson, from Dorchester were given a free crossing to celebrate the landmark on Thursday.
The not-for-profit community company has been riding high on the crest of a wave since buying new boats with funding from various organisations, including a £30,000 grant from the Big Lottery’s Village SOS Fund.
The service carried 15,300 passengers last year and according to chairman John Nightingale, overall numbers are up 20 per cent on 2012.
He said the season had been particularly busy due to the good weather and the running of two boats during busy periods.
“This has reduced queue times at both sides of the river and enabled the service to be optimised,” he said.
“The service runs until the end of October and is currently busy with the Appledore Book Festival and associated activities.
“It is run by volunteers and we welcome any new people who can spare a little time to help and to have fun.”
For more information visit www.appledoreinstowferry.com