After 17 years of dedicated service carrying more than a million passengers across the Great Ouse, the West Lynn ferry is up for sale.
The service, which makes around 60 trips across the river each day between West Lynn and Ferry Lane, Lynn, was taken over by Gail and Steve Kingston 17 years ago.
Mr Kingston, who will celebrate his 65th birthday later this year, said: “We’ve been doing this for 17 years and although part of me would like to carry on, realistically it’s not an old man’s game. I’m running out of joints to replace!
“It will be lovely to get up at 6am instead of 5am, and to have more time to spend with the family.”
Geoffrey Collings and Co estate agent, in Lynn, are handling the unusual listing which has already had some interest, but Mr Kingston has said he will not sell the service to just anyone.
Mr Kingston said: “You can’t do this job unless you’re going to do it whole-heartedly. It isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle.”
Gail and Steve have invested a lot into the West Lynn Ferry service over the years, spending in excess of £100,000 on replacing andupdating the boats to cope with the changing tides of the river.
Mr Kingston said: “We’ve got rid of all the boats we inherited, we’re the first caretakers who have actually spent money on the ferry.”
The couple will not be straying far from the water in their retirement but are looking forward to a break from the service, which currently runs six days a week.
Mr Kingston said: “There is a plan in place, I don’t expect to be disappearing anytime soon but we’re hoping to buy a small boatyard.
“Gail and I hope to move on to a boat and part of the plan is to live on the water. Ultimately, I would like to sail around Great Britain one day.”
The service, which operates under the name SN Kingston Marine Services, will continue to run as normal until new owners are found to take over the day-to-day running.