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TV actor takes the rudder for boating rally.

ACTOR David Suchet will officially open this year's Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally.

The TV actor of Hercule Poirot fame, is a canal enthusiast and vice president of the Inland Waterways Association.

He will open the two-day rally on Saturday, June 28 under the marina entrance bridge from the stern of Braunston's historic narrowboat, the butty Raymond.

The boat - recently restored by the volunteer Friends of Raymond - was built 50 years ago at Braunston Marina, near Rugby.

It was the last wooden narrowboat built for the English canals and probably the last un-powered wooden working boat built in western Europe.

Of the original team who built the boat, three are known to be still alive and will be invited to join the celebrations.

Organisers are hoping to beat last year's total of 80 historic working narrowboats, coming from all over England's 2,000-mile canal network.

There will also be trade exhibitors, an exhibition by members of the Guild of Waterway Artists, a beer tent, food, and entertainment.

Admission will cost pounds 10 per car.

All profits will be donated to canal and local causes.

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ALL ABOARD... David Suchet wearing traditional boatman clothes to open a previous boat rally at Braunston Marina and (left) the butty Raymond among the parade of boats at a past event.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 7, 2008
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