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Press Release

Embargo: Immediate 1000th passenger on board John Bunyan Boat A community boat launched at the start of the summer has made a big splash for tourism in Bedford. The 1000th passenger on board the 60-seater boat was local lady Clare Buddle and her son Jamie. She was presented with a bottle of bubbly by Chair of the B&MK Waterway Trust Graham Mabbutt. Devised, delivered and now run by volunteers, the John Bunyan Boat has been the success story of the summer with local businesses chartering trips, schools and families getting on board and national coach tour operators being shown the sights from the water. Said Graham: This has been a great start to the life of the John Bunyan Boat and we hope we are helping introduce people to the joys of the waterways. The community boat was launched by the B&MK Waterway Trust to help promote its long-term plans to link the River Great Ouse to the Grand Union. The full story can be found on

Clare Buddle and her son Jamie on board the John Bunyan community boat being presented with a bottle of bubbly by Graham Mabbett

Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust. A limited company registered in England no. 5760839. Registered Office: 30 St John Street, Newport Pagnell MK16 8HJ. A registered charitable company limited by guarantee registered charity no 1114294