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Shipley-born boss moves business to Apperley Bridge to beat closure
The boss of a canal boat business is shipping his vessels across the Pennines to prevent them being marooned when a section of the drought-hit Leeds-Liverpool canal is made off limits today.
Lee Shepherd is moving his hire boat outfit temporarily from its base in Lancashire to Apperley Bridge.
And, in a way, he is coming back to his roots, for the 40-year-old former soldier was brought up in Airedale.
Now he is returning to Yorkshire to run his hire boat business, Hapton Valley Locks, which he set up in 2009, from Apperley Bridge until the closure is lifted.
It left Mr Shepherd’s business trapped in the locked section and facing the prospect of cancelling holidays. However, he has arranged for holidaymakers to sail East through Skipton, and Bingley Five Rise locks to the new temporary base.
He said: “The customers are happy to be going towards Yorkshire and the beautiful countryside and going through the famous Five Rise locks.