The John Bunyan Boat won a Pride in Bedford award for its contribution to raising the profile of the town. It has been sponsored by organisations like BedfordBID and Bedford College, each with donations of £5,000.
Graham Mabbutt, chair of the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway Trust which uses the boat to promote its dream of a river-canal link between Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire said: “We are very grateful to Dominic and his national hotel group for their backing of the boat.”
Bookings are already being taken for the Easter Sunday two-hour cruise with lunch. Sunset Cruise on the Ouse trips begin in May, with a chance to enjoy champagne and canapés for a romantic early evening followed by the option of a full dinner in the Swan’s River Room restaurant.
Weekend Afternoon Tea Trips run from May 25.