Mr Hutchings, fresh from that triumph, then turned his attention to the upper Avon
, which linked Stratford and Evesham and ceased to be fully navigable in the 1870s.
This was built for the Upper Avon
Navigational Trust by volunteers, including men from Gloucester Gaol in 1969.
The Environment Agency also issued flooding alerts at River Leam and Rover Itchen between Grandborough and Leamington, Upper Avon
River Swift and Clay Coton Brook, in roads between Stanford and Rugby.
Bruce said the Oxford Canal was already seriously overloaded and with the opening o the Upper Avon
, the Birmingham-Worcester Canal could soon face a simi-lar problem.
A little tributary of the Leam which flows into the upper Avon
is the River Itchen - which gives its name to Long Itchington.
While flooding was not expected in Coventry, in Warwickshire there was a warning in place in Nether Whitacre with alerts for the River Stour in South Warwickshire, the River Leam and River Itchen, between Granborough and Leamington, and the Upper Avon
River Swift and Clay Coton Brook, between Stanford and Rugby.
A general flood watch was also in place along the Upper Avon
in Warwickshire as well as in Stafford and Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Market Drayton and Telford in Shropshire.
Mr David Hutchings, manager of the Upper Avon
Navigation Trust, said: "The danger is that the boat goes side-on to the current and it can get swept down the river and smashed in to bridges or anything, but they've been very level headed."
It added a warning for the upper Avon
- around Rugby, Warwick, Leamington and Coventry - at about 3pm yesterday.
Members of the Campaign for the Leam & Avon Rivers are up in arms over The Upper Avon
Navigation Trust's proposals to start engineering work on stretches of the Leam and Avon rivers which will see them opened up for motor boats.
It is only a consultee in the project, and is not in a position to block it, but a lack of support from a major council will not help the Upper Avon
Navigation Trust which is pushing the plans.
MBEs have also been awarded to: Mr Dudley Matthews, director of the Lower and Upper Avon
Navigation Trust in Wolverhampton, for service to Navigation on the River Avon, Miss Rosemary Elizabeth Rigby, of Wormelow, Herefordshire, for services to the Royal National Institute for the Blind; Mrs Sheila Dillon, 64, of Alwold Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham, for services to education at Newman College in the city; Mr Peter Eden, aged 51, of Lime Avenue, Lillington, Leamington, for services to young people.
The Upper Avon
Navigation consultation focuses on opening up the stretch of the River Avon between Stratford and Warwick.
The area is along the valley of the upper Avon
where the canal builders used the level terrain for their Oxford Canal.
Warwickshire County Council's environment and rural affairs overview and scrutiny committee have heard speakers for and against the scheme, put forward by the Upper Avon