Oh, yes it is - and it might not be too long before these sights become just as familiar along the River Great Ouse in Bedford following the Waterspace Study.
These were just some reactions from more than a few of the guests aboard the Ocean Princess for the B&MK Trust's annual Grand Union Canal trips recently. These aim to give representatives of local councils, community groups, commercial enterprises and educationalists an insight to the contrasts and benefits of a waterside environment.
The 2-hour return journeys started at Campbell Park and took in the canal-side development at Pennyland and Great Linford, courtesy of James Griffin Wyvern Shipping, Linslade.
Names of those pictured above, from the left:-
- Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture, Bedford Borough Council
- Mick Callanan, Trustee, Connolly Foundation
- Patrick Hall, Director, B&MK Waterway Trust
- Cllr Sue Oliver, Portfolio Holder for Children's Social Care, Bedford Borough Council
- Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Performance & External Relations, Bedford Borough Council
- James Griffin, Wyvern Shipping
- Graham Mabbutt, Chairman, B&MK Waterway Trust
- PCllr Paul Harbottle, Aspley Guise Parish Council
- Gareth Lloyd, Reporter, Three Counties Radio
- Cllr Ken Matthews, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities - Strategic Planning & Economic
- Development and B&MK Waterway Consortium representative, Central Bedfordshire Council
- Dr Tony Wood, Chairman of Ouse Valley Branch, English Speaking Union
- Neil Hayes, Director, B&MK Waterway Trust
- Erin Witcomb-Vos, Fens Waterways Link Partnerships Manager and B&MK Waterway Consortium representative, Environment Agency
- Darren Gray, Growth Coordination Manager, Milton Keynes Council
- David Fowler, Director, B&MK Waterway Trust