This morning we pulled pins at 08.30 and slipped quietly down through two locks to the Tesco moorings at Stalybridge, right outside, how convenient. I did the shopping got back to Caxton to make tea and put the food away and half an hour later we moving off again heading towards Ashton. At lock 4W, the last lock in Stalybridge we encountered a problem. Joe could not get Caxton out of the lock because Caxton was not 'floating', Caxton was sitting on something. I closed the gates and let enough water in to get Caxton afloat and Joe starting rumaging around with a boat pole. No surprises, a shopping trolley. Managing to dislodge the trolley and push it back away from our prop we tried to exit the lock again but Caxton was sitting on something else.... We filled the lock and reversed the boat out, closed the gates and paddles and I called British Waterways. Ten minutes later I got a call from the Supervisor to say help was on its way and would be with us in under thirty minutes. Twenty-five minutes later, along comes Terry and Mark and their BW truck.
We all set about removing the obstruction. The obstruction turns out to be SEVEN Tesco shopping trolleys.
Thank you Terry and Mark of British waterways.
I am now about to send an e-mail to Tesco!!!