Spalding Water Taxi in March relaunch

Anthony Grunwell, John Hayes and pilot Mike Chapman at the 2017 launch. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG010417-249TW
Anthony Grunwell, John Hayes and pilot Mike Chapman at the 2017 launch. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG010417-249TW
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Spalding Water Taxi returns for the new season on March 30 with twin 11am launches from the town centre and Springfields jetties.

It’s the perfect way to see wildlife on The River Welland and The Coronation Channel, and to learn a little about the town’s history as pilots are happy to chat and answer question as the picture-perfect scenery rolls by.

Anthony Grunwell, who became operations director four or five years ago when he retired as assistant head at Sir John Gleed School, says the river journeys are popular with residents and visitors alike ... and many passengers have told him they have visited Spalding solely to ride the water taxi.

Anthony, who has a riverside home, came to Spalding in 1990.

“I was going to stay two years,” he said. “But little did I know then what a beautiful place it was.”

Spalding Water Taxi began in 2005 thanks to a partnership between South Holland District Council, Springfields Retail Outlet and Broadgate Homes.

It was seen as an innovative way of spending part of the money from the 106 agreement with Springfields and an important travel link between the outlet and town centre shops.

Currently there are eight pilots, including three ex police officers, and Anthony describes the whole team as “warm and welcoming”.

As well as commenting on scenery and history, the pilots are happy to add their own anecdotes.

“All of these anecdotal things make it informative and entertaining,” said Anthony.

Among pilot Terry Carter’s passengers last year were newlyweds dressed in their finery, and the craft was decked out with a giant white ribbon to mark their special day as it headed to Springfields.

• There are self-drive and private charter options as well as a wheelchair access boat by appointment. For more details call Anthony on 07740 664017.

Previously ...

Spalding Water Taxi pilots push the boat out for Ron

Make a Spalding water taxi cruise a Bank Holiday treat

Enjoy a voyage on the Spalding water taxi