On this day in 1958, Raymond was launched at Braunston.
Raymond was the last wooden working boat to be built in the UK. She was mainly used to carry coal from the Midlands to London and was initially towed by the motor Roger, and later by Nutfield.
During its working life Raymond was operated by Arthur and Rose Bray and her son Ernie Kendall. One of the more famous jobs was carrying coal from Atherstone to the Kearley & Tonge jam factory at Southall, known as the “Jam ‘Ole Run”.
To celebrate, a birthday cake will be cut at the Brauston Historic Gathering on Saturday 23rd June 2018.