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Narrowboat Holidays Across Great Britain
Narrowboat Holidays Across Great Britain
Get ready to take your seats – and cover your eyes with your hands – to watch more celebrities navigate their way around a narrowboat this Friday evening on Channel 5.
Series two of the Channel 5 series, Celebrity 5 Go Barging, returns to our UK screens this week on Friday 19 July at 9pm and Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays were pleased to support the programme with our boats, Esme and Mollie.
This series, running over the next five weeks, features five ‘national treasures’ (as referred to by Channel 5!) who test out their boating skills on the Caldon Canal in Staffordshire.
The intrepid five are Michael Buerk, Lord John Prescott, Amanda Barrie, Shaun Williamson and Anita Harris.
The Caldon Canal, featured in Episode 1, is arguably one of the most stunning canal routes in the UK, with outstanding scenery along the Churnett Valley in Staffordshire.
The Caldon was originally opened in 1779 and runs 18 miles from Etruria, in Stoke-on-Trent to Froghall, Staffordshire. The canal has 17 locks and the 69-metre long Froghall Tunnel.
It was originally used to carry Peak District limestone from the quarries at Cauldon Low, down to the Potteries and the industrial Midlands. Stoke on Trent is famous for well-known pottery producers such as Wedgwood, Royal Stafford and Emma Bridgewater.
The Caldon is perfect for a canal boating short break; find out more about a narrowboat holiday on the Caldon Canal with Black Prince here.
Plus, for a limited time only, we have a special offer where you can save 10% on breaks in September and October from our base at Stoke on Trent with our New to Narrowboating Offer (open to those with and without narrow boating experience!).
Michael Buerk (73) is a journalist whose career in BBC News spanned for more than 30 years. He started his career in journalism joining at Bromsgrove Messenger and perhaps most famously remembered for his reporting on Ethiopian famine on October 1984, which inspired many to set up charity support. He became the anchor for the BBC Nine O’clock News and BBC News at Ten. He also hosted BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze since 1990 till his retirement in 2002.
Anita Harris (77) is a singer and actress with a career spanning over fifty years. She started when as a 15 year old she was spotted on a London ice rink and whisked away to Las Vegas to appear, three times a night, in a top revue show. Returning to the U.K. she went on to work with The Cliff Adams Singers, appear in two Carry On films, grace the top of the pop charts, become a pantomime legend as Peter Pan, star in Cats in the West End for thirteen years and feature in seven Royal Command Performances.
John Leslie Prescott, Baron Prescott (81) is a British politician who was the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. Born in Prestatyn, Wales, he represented Hull East as the Labour member of parliament from 1970 to 2010. In the 1994 leadership election, he stood for both Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, winning election to the latter office. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister after Labour’s victory in the 1997 election, with an expanded brief as Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
Prescott retired as an MP at the 2010 election. On 8 July 2010, he entered the House of Lords as a life peer with the title Baron Prescott, of Kingston upon Hull in the County of East Yorkshire.
Amanda Barrie (84) is an English actress, appearing in two of the Carry On films, and one episode of the BBC comedy series Are You Being Served? before being cast as Alma Sedgewick in Coronation Street, which she played on and off for twenty years. She has since enjoyed a varied stage and TV career.
Shaun Williamson (54) is an English actor, singer, media personality, and occasional presenter, best known for his role as Barry Evans in EastEnders and as a satirical version of himself in the BBC/HBO sitcom Extras.
Series 2, Episode 1 will be shown on Friday 19 July, 9pm on Channel 5. The series will continue each Friday, with Black Prince boats being featured in the first three episodes.
In case you miss the programme, you can view it after transmission on Channel 5 On Demand – https://www.my5.tv/