Why does it always happen on a Bank Holiday?

No, not the weather – we expect that in England! No, the lock gates broke down today.

My wife noticed before I did and it was some 30 minutes after that I took the first picture. Every one in the lock and outside in the Orwell had to be very patient. It was some time after that they still had men manning the gates outside of the Control Tower.

First picture times 13.24

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then at 14.17 they got one gate to work!

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and finally, 14.34 the gates on the Wet Dock side were closed and the Orwell side were open! Freedom, at last!

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