A local dignitary opened a rebuilt wharf and named a new narrow boat at South West Herts Youth and Community Narrowboat Project in Hunton Bridge yesterday.

Princess Anne was due to perform the opening ceremonies but the helicopter she was due to be travelling in was grounded by fog.

The building of the narrowboat, which will be used by families or groups with a disabled member, and the rebuilding of the wharf to make it more accessible, was part funded by the Cemex Community Fund.

Mrs Jo Connell, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Hertfordshire and other civic dignitaries unveiled the new wharf and boat on Wednesday afternoon.

The boat, named Pickles Folly, will join the project’s community boat, Dick’s Folly, and will be available to youth and community groups for use on the Grand Union Canal.

The two boats together can carry 22 people for expeditions. The new Pickles Folly is equipped with a wheelchair lift and specially designed accommodation.

Typical user groups include the Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Youth Clubs, church groups and school groups as well as other charitable community organisations.

For more information about booking the narrowboats, contact Janet White on 01923 224411.