Dani Church
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Fifth generation of family to row a Suffolk ferryboat

When her father died, Dani Church became the fifth generation of the family to run their 125 year-old business - a rather lo-tech ferry service between Southwold and Walberswick on the Suffolk coast.

She rows a wooden boat back and forth across the River Blyth up to 100 times a day between April and October, carrying up to 11 passengers who are each charged 90p.

Although the service actually started in the 13th Century, Dani's great-great-grandfather's brother, Benjamin Cross, was the first ferryman of her family in 1885, running a chain link service that could carry a cart, two horses and 30 passengers.

BBC News went to meet Dani Church to find out what life is like as a modern-day ferrywoman.

Stop/Start is a series of video features for the BBC News website which follows both new trends that are beginning and old traditions that are coming to an end.

Video journalist: Ian Ellerby

  • 27 Sep 2013
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