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Storm Brendan has delayed re-plating work on the Castle Barge, moored next to Trent Bridge in Newark




Bad weather has delayed Newark's floating pub from having important repairs carried out.

The Advertiser reported last week that the Castle Barge, moored on the River Trent next to Trent Bridge, would be closed on Monday for up to six weeks because the boat’s bottom needs to be re-plated and repainted.

The barge was due to be towed by two tugboats up the River Trent to the dry dock at Hull, which is 100 miles away, on Tuesday in a voyage that could take between two or three days, depending on the tidal patterns at the estuary.

Castle Barge will close for 4-6 weeks to be replated a repainted..Owner Frank Dyson. 070120DD1-6. (26156557)
Castle Barge will close for 4-6 weeks to be replated a repainted..Owner Frank Dyson. 070120DD1-6. (26156557)

But the work has had to be delayed due to high river levels caused by heavy rain.

Storm Brendan has also brought high winds so the mast has been unable to be taken down due to safety concerns.

Barge owner Frank Dyson said: "The river is eight inches too high for the barge to pass safely under Nether Lock bridge, so now we've got to wait for the river levels to drop, which could be two to three weeks.

"It's very frustrating, and the staff are disappointed because they were looking forward to going on the trip."

In the meantime, the Castle Barge will remain trading until the bad weather subsides and it is safe for the work to be carried out.

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