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An extract from North London Press – Friday 5th July 1968 

Sir Alan Herbert perches on the bow of the "Jenny Wren" to cut a white ribbon and declare a new Regent’s Canal passenger service officially open. With him are Cllr. Norman Oatway, Mayor of Camden, and Mr. "Paddy" Walker, the boats owner (standing).
Historian and author, Sir. Alan Herbert, perched precariously on the bow of the "Jenny Wren" last week to inaugurate a new passenger service on the Regent's Canal.

As the new canal narrow boat passed through Camden Town lock he leaned forward and cut a white ribbon and declared the service officially open.

Willing hands then helped 78-year-old Sir Alan, president of the Inland Waterways Association, back to the safety of the deck.
There was a surprise for the party on last week’s inaugural trip when they stopped off for refreshments at the Bridge House pub, Little Venice. Helping out behind the bar was actress June Ritchie, who has just finished filming a re-make of "Live Now, Pay Later." The Jenny Wren, the first traditional narrow boat to be built for at least 15 years, starts it’s trips from Camden Town near where Mr. Walker, a well known sculptor and woodcarver, has his antique business.