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Boatyard innovator handed national award for 40 years of service

PUBLISHED: 14:26 20 November 2019 | UPDATED: 14:26 20 November 2019

Len Funnell (left) and Simon Altham, Chief Portfolio Officer at Awaze UK, Hoseasons’ parent company (right) with the award Len received at Hoseasons’ annual owners conference. Picture: Hoseasons

Len Funnell (left) and Simon Altham, Chief Portfolio Officer at Awaze UK, Hoseasons' parent company (right) with the award Len received at Hoseasons' annual owners conference. Picture: Hoseasons

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A man who has dedicated more than 40 years to investing in and improving the Norfolk tourism scene has been honoured with a national award for his commitment to the industry.

Len Funnell, who has spent the last four decades buying, refurbishing and managing boatyards across the county, and is credited with playing a key role in modernising Broads boating, cottages and holiday parks, was named inaugural winner of The Hugh Grayson Outstanding Contribution to UK Tourism Award during Hoseasons' annual owners conference in Brighton.

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Mr Funnell, a trustee of Waveney River Centre, said: "It's not often I'm lost for words, but I have to admit to being quite overwhelmed by this. I've always tried to be a positive force for local and national tourism so it's incredibly heart-warming to be recognised in this way."

Simon Altham, chief portfolio officer at Awaze UK, Hoseasons' parent company, said: "Len is fantastically deserving of this award."

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