Sightseeing boats were lifted out of the water for maintenance as workmen started a cleanup following weeks of high tides.

After flood waters filled The Groves and the bandstand was left surrounded by water as high tides hit the River Dee again over the weekend (February 1 and 2), council workers have been out to clean up the sludge left in its wake.  

This week contractors employed by Cheshire West and Chester Council were down at the banks of the river sweeping and jet washing the pavements.

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And residents gathered to watch as three luxury showboats were lifted out of the water by a 250-tonne crane for their biennial maintenance and inspection.

Owned by Brian Clarke of ChesterBoat, Mark Twain, Lady Diana and The Jackie were temporarily re-homed on the banks, off Sandy Lane, as workmen inspected them for damage from the recent flooding.

Brian Clarke, owner of ChesterBoat oversees the maintenance of Chester's iconic tourist boat the Lady Diana
Brian Clarke, owner of ChesterBoat oversees the maintenance of Chester's iconic tourist boat the Lady Diana
 

Brian, who has owned the company which takes sightseers up and down the Dee for the past 25 years, said the boats would be cleaned, repointed and painted during the week long project.

“We do this every two years,” said Brian.

“There hasn’t been any damage from the high tides. We will be putting the boats back in the water next Monday. It  takes about 10 people.”

View our gallery of photographs from the weekend's high tides.