15 fun facts for our 15th birthday
This March we are celebrating our 15th birthday and decided to share 15 fun facts from over the years...
1. In the very beginning the four directors worked every event as well as their day jobs – sleep was an unknown quantity for about 2 years!
2. For the very first function we charged our (long suffering) friends and family £2 a ticket... and charged them £2.50 a drink, mainly because it was easier to make change.
3. The Shake Dog, which was our largest multi-cat in the fleet at the time we bought her, is named for the directors’ five children; Sam, Holly, Abby, Kate and Emma.
4. We are very proud to support the Annual Barge Race, which has been held every year since 1974!
5. The Golden Flame's previous name (for all of 2 weeks) was Golden Motion.
6. We have had 6 pleasure boats over the years, 2 of which are no longer with us; the Brunel which went to Henley, and the Sundance which went on to become a house boat in Sweden.
7. Whilst all of our pleasure boats are named "Golden -", our marine services boats are all named "- Dog", such as the Hound Dog, Watch Dog, and Snoop Dog. The barge they moor at is called The Kennel, and we also have a smaller one called The Dog House
8. We were very proud to be chosen to tow the Olympic Flame down the Thames for the last part of its journey round Britain prior to London 2012.
9. Our blind date moment came in 2016 when our Events Manager Hayley married our Operations Manager Will. We wish them all the best as they are soon to be proud parents.
10. Some of our work-boats have had features in films such as "Now You See Me 2" and "The Riddle".
11. The Golden Jubilee received her name as she was bought in 2002, the year of the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
12. We were therefore extremely proud to be involved in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant in 2012.
13. 2016 was our busiest year to date with 570 functions.
14. Our busiest night of the year is New Year's Eve, with all passenger boats full to capacity.
15. We have had 14 babies born in the firm to date, with the 15th due in June this year, very apt for our 15th year!
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