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Horning Boat Show will mark special anniversary for Ludham pedal boat builder

David Williams, left, founder of Dad's Boats and designer of the pedal boat, with his son-in-law Stephen Pitkethly, the company's director. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

David Williams, left, founder of Dad's Boats and designer of the pedal boat, with his son-in-law Stephen Pitkethly, the company's director. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A pedal boat builder will be celebrating a special anniversary at an industry show next month.

The Horning Boat Show, taking place on Saturday, May 5, will showcase boating businesses from Norfolk and further afield and provide a family day out in the Broads.

For Dad’s Boats, this year’s show will mark 50 years since its founder David Williams sailed the two-seater pedal boat he had designed around the Isle of Wight.

In the summer of 1968, Mr Williams and friend Jeremy Buckland circumnavigated the island in a bid to prove the pedal boat could really go places.

Ludham-based Dad’s Boats will be exhibiting its latest design of pedal boat at the Horning Boat Show as well as its ornamental wooden propellers.

Director Stephen Pitkethly said: “The Horning Boat Show is a chance for the entire Broads community to get together to see what’s going on as well as hosting exhibitors from all over the UK.”

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