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Norfolk family's pedal power at London Boat Show

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout.

A rather unusual boat from Norfolk will be exhibiting at this week's London Boat Show.

David Williams from Horning is celebrating 50 years of an adventure he had in his own invention, the pedal boat.

Called 'Cyclone', David trialled it on his honeymoon around the Norfolk Broads.

In the summer of 1968, he and a friend decided to pedal around the Isle of Wight.

A journey of 40 miles that took them 12 and a half hours to complete.

Archive footage of David's 'Cyclone' double pedal boat. Credit: David Williams
David in his workshop on the Broads. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We weren't particularly tired or pedalling hard. Doing a trip like that it was quite nice getting off your bottom for a bit. People cycling the Tour de France have it a lot worse. we weren't pedalling too hard and after a while you forget you're pedalling"

– David Williams
David's 'Cyclone' pedal boat in action. Credit: David Williams

David, who is now in his eighties still builds boats at his workshop on the Broads. His son-in-law Stephen Pitkethly, is taking 'Cyclone' to the London Boat Show to celebrate her half Century.

The Double pedal boat Credit: ITV News Anglia

"it's very sociable. On a tandem you're facing the same direction but here you can look at each other and have a conversation. And because it's not very hard work you can have a picnic as you go along or a glass of something"

– Stephen Pitkethly, Chief Executive, Dad's Boats