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Solihull boater named in Queen's Honours list

A KEEN boater has been honoured by the Queen for her years of dedication to a long-running canal festival in London.

A KEEN boater has been honoured by the Queen for her years of dedication to a long-running canal festival in London.

Beryl Windsor, of Solihull Lodge, appeared in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list on Saturday and will be receiving a British Empire Medal for her services to the Angel Canal Festival in Islington.

The 73-year-old, who used to live and work in London, became involved in the festival soon after she purchased her own boat.

“I became seriously ill a number of years ago and one of the things I wanted to do, when I overcame the illness, was to buy a boat and travel,” Beryl told us.

She started to attend the annual festival, which has been running for a quarter of a century, and offered to help out at the waterborne event.

The grandmother of four added: “The event was started 26 years ago by a very charismatic lady called Crystal Hale, daughter of Sir Alan Herbert. The organisers needed help and gradually I ended up becoming more and more involved. To say I was surprised to get this award is an understatement, astounded more like.

“Helping to produce a festival where the whole point is to make sure everybody has a smile on their face by the end of the day is a brilliant use of time to my mind.”

Beryl heads a small management team at the event, which consists of volunteers, mostly from St Pancras Cruising Club.

Her narrow boat, Anne-Louise, named after her two daughters, is still moored in London.

 

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