Yesterday George and I travelled to Southampton to support Ann and to say goodbye to boater and friend Charles (Chas).
With Sue (No Problem xl), we attended a lovely service which was well attended by family and friends and listened to eulogies given by old time friend, colleague and boater Colin who'd known Chas for 55 years and from Chas' grandson Josh who very bravely spoke of his love for his granddad and we sang a couple of Charles' favourite hymns.
At the wake we spoke with quite a few boaters that we'd never met before and we spent some time with Terry and Myra who with Ann and Charles purchased a boat many, many years ago to share, their very first narrowboat. We talked with Charles' family members and expressed our sorrow at their loss and exchanged our connections to Ann and Charles.
We had arrived in Southampton earlier in the day and spent a couple of very pleasant hours looking around the docks ... but more of that in another blog post.