Only a few days until Christmas, so I think it’s time. Every year the Herbie Special Award Committee (me and Kath) sits down over a steaming mug of tea and debates who we would like to congratulate/ recognise for something they have done this year. The list of winners in the Herbie Award Roll of Honour contains many admirable folk, the Mother Theresas/ Nelson Mandelas/ Albert Einsteins (take your pick) of the canal. Suffice it to say, we are in awe of their fortitude and ever grateful of their company when we get the chance. The Herbie Award has no value, except to say it’s holders can be proud that their names list among some other very fine people who have been awarded in the past.
This year, we’ve decided to break with tradition and make two awards bearing the same citation. Note: not one shared award, for that wouldn’t be fair, so just like Pointless Trophies, they get one each.
Our Award this year is inscribed For Indefatigability (thank heavens for spell checkers).
and it goes to two lovely people, who have soldiered on when others would have given up. We might have called them “The Hipsters” for both of them have been suffering from hip problems, one from a bad break and one because we has worn his out. They have both not only borne their discomfort bravely, but have got on with life, doing what they do best and contributing generously as they always have done to the canal community. Apart from being indefatigable of course, we only give the award to very very nice people.
Most of you will by now have guessed at least one of our pair, so without further ado, let’s present Herbie Special Awards to our very good friends
Oakie (aka Ray on Nb Stronghold)
who has battled cheerfully on through a long single handed cruise whilst waiting for his shiny new hip
Back in harness after shattering her hip and once again keeping Stoke Bruerne on its toes and doing her bit for Nb Sculptor
We’re sure that these awards will be heartily approved by the many friends Ray and Kathryn have made up and down the canal.
Hip Hip . . .