A BOAT built in Hanbury took to the skies as it was prepared to represent the area at London's boat show.

The 65-foot long canal boat, which weighs more than 30 tonnes, was hoisted onto the back of a lorry at Hanbury Wharf last Friday before beginning its journey to London in time for the boat show, which is set to be held at ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, next to Canary Wharf, London.

The brand new wide beamed cruising boat, which has been constructed by local firm the New Boat Co, will be showcased at this weekend's event.

A 40 tonne crane was used to lift the boat out of the water and place it on a low-loader lorry before making the trip south.

The inland craft exhibition area at ExCeL is just one part of the boat show and tens of thousands of visitors are due to attend.

They will be able to explore the interiors of the boats and talk to experts about the pleasures of owning a boat suitable for the UK's extensive inland waterways network.

Visitors to the show will be able to see the New Boat Co's Richmond Metrofloat on marine stand D005.