The Bristol Ferry Boat Company (BFBC) embraced the idea of Brunel 200 warmly. They devised all sorts of wheezes to encourage people to get out on the water (in one of their boats!) to appreciate better some of Brunel’s achievements.
They started the 2006 year of activity by launching their boat ‘Brigantia of Bristol’ with a sparkling new roof embellished with the image of Brunel standing in front of the chains of the ss Great Eastern.
For the launch weekend in April, the BFBC organised several events in several different boats. Director and co-founder Rob Salvidge was enthusiastic about how the weekend had gone:
“Brilliant evening and mercifully the wind
and hail ceased at the crucial time otherwise our posh guests on Matthew
would have had soggy canapés ... all other ferry passengers and
there were hundreds of them were delighted ... we had a completely
mad day all day Saturday ...
Yesterday morning we had 40 people on the Matthew all celebrating with our Brunel birthday bacon butty bonanza of which I'm sure the great man would have approved.”
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