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Sabrina boat undergoes mayor renovation

One of Shropshire’s best-loved tourist attractions has undergone a major refurbishment and has turned to local specialists and contractors to carry out the work.

The Sabrina boat runs trips along the River Severn from the Welsh bridge and is back afloat this week following major renovation work, including the installation of new windows by local company Heritage Glass Group of Monkmoor, Shrewsbury.

Sabrina, built in 1975, is 60 feet long and carries up to 60 passengers on six, 45-minute pleasure trips during the day starting at 11am every day of the week, as well as being available for three-hour themed evening cruises or private party hire.

Abi Purslow, of the Sabrina staff, said: “Weather proofing is an essential part of the boat and the renovation work has included new floors, repainting inside and out, electrical rewire to include coloured led lighting on entire boat, brand new bigger toilets, refurbished bar and sound system, new signage and splendid new bespoke windows so that passengers can clearly see the beautiful wildlife and attractions of the county town as we gently cruise around the loop of the river.”

Heritage Glass general manager, Paul Hotchkiss, added: “Tourism is a vital part of the county’s on-going success and we were delighted to be involved with the refurbishment of this fabulous boat which brings so much pleasure to so many people, both locals and tourists alike.

“The product used on the boat windows was highly energy efficient Kommerling uPVC performance double glazed units which are toughened and will provide excellent visibility and thermal properties for many years to come. 

“We join in with the other local contractors in wishing Sabrina happy sailing and a very successful season.”