Ferry fares slashed for jubilee
PRICES for a boat trip down one of South Devon's most beautiful rivers have been slashed for the Queen's jubilee.
Greenway Ferry and Pleasure Cruises, a Dartmouth and English Riviera-based company operating services from Dartmouth, Totnes and Dittisham to Agatha Christie's holiday home, Greenway House, has decided to cut its Totnes to Dartmouth fares from £12 to £2 from May 1 and offer Best of British shorter cruises along the river on the vintage Fairmile World War Two boat.
Company owner Will Ford said the fares would coincide with the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations.
He said: "We intend to open up this wonderful stretch of the River Dart to all. We have decided to offer a really affordable ferry service between the two towns of Totnes and Dartmouth and hope that this will encourage residents and visitors to go afloat and to celebrate the jubilee in style.
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"It is well known that Queen Elizabeth first met Prince Philip on the River Dart during a royal visit to the Britannia Royal Naval College so it's an appropriate way for visitors and locals to celebrate Her Majesty's jubilee."
The river cruise aboard Greenway's new vessel, named Lady Elizabeth, takes around one hour 45 minutes between Totnes and Dartmouth.
The new service will operate from May Day at different times each day allowing for tidal restraints including special jubilee cruises onboard the Fairmile ferry which was stationed in the River Dart during World War Two.
Mr Ford said: "The £1 fare costing will again hopefully increase trade to the town and add greatly to a visitor's experience of the area.
"Local hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts have reacted enthusiastically to our plans and are already adding this affordable service to their itineraries."