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Upwell firm was a finalist in Rural Oscars

Sheena Hartley and Michael Kelly
Sheena Hartley and Michael Kelly

An Upwell entrepreneur is celebrating after being a finalist in the ‘Rural Oscars’ just a year after starting her river cruise firm.

Sheena Hartley was inspired by the picturesque riverside outside her home in Upwell to start up Narrow Boat Adventures.

Sheena, with help from her skipper Michael Kelly, run catered river cruises to March or Salter’s Lode – which have proved to be incredibly successful.

The firm was a finalist in the tourism category of the 11th Countryside Alliance Awards, known as the Rural Oscars, which were held at the Houses of Parliament on April 27.

Unfortunately, Sheena missed out on the award but is over the moon to have been nominated.

She said: “I was bowled over and couldn’t believe we had been nominated.

“I know there were 4,500 nominations, so it was wonderful to be a finalist.”

People from Texas, New Zealand and Rutland have enjoyed a cruise on Sheena’s boat, Narrow Waters.

Cruises include morning coffee, a three-course lunch, along with tea and cakes.

Sheena said: “Everyone thinks of the Norfolk Broads as the place to be but it is much quieter and equally as beautiful in The Fens. We have lots of kingfishers, which are always special to see, along with otters, swans and ducks. Upwell and Outwell are so pretty with the daffodils.”

Go to www.narrowboat adventures.co.uk

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