If you ever wondered how a single hander manages to get past a lift bridge here’s how it’s done. On a similar note yesterday I watched two youngsters operate the lift bridge at Thrupp, A girl of about 12 and a lad of maybe 9 used all their energy pulling up the bridge while their dad took the boat through. Once dad was through they didn’t just walk away as many adults do, but expended considerable energy gently lowering it down again. I thanked them for taking care of the bridge to which the girl said, “well if we let it go it might do some damage and we have to look after these bridges”. Out of the mouths of babes and children!