The Lunatic Boaters

by Bill Heyes

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For we are the lunatic boaters
Who really think boating is fun
Out in rain, hail and snowstorm
And sometimes occasional sun

From the long leafy pounds of the Shroppie
To the funny top locks on the Macc
And the big heavy gates on the Grand Union
We know we will always be back

We try to say boating is restful
But we are only kidding ourselves
As we paint and we fit out the inside
And hit our heads on the shelves

Some like boating on rivers
Like the Avon and Severn and Trent
But others would follow the contours
Where the canal is certainly bent

But the water it acts like a magnet
And draws us back year after year
Despite the antics of B.W.
Who try to make boating too dear

For we are the lunatic boaters
Who really think boating is fun
Out in rain, hail and snowstorm
And sometimes occasional sun

This poem was written by the late Bill Heyes who owned narrowboat 'Tinkerbelle' which was the several times winner of the Best Dressed Boat at some of the early Ashton Rallies. Bill and his boat turned up, much to his surprise, on a rather colourful 500-piece jigsaw.

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The song was passed on to me by his brother-in-law Gordon McDonald who added a tune which I hope to add shortly.