Join the River Thames team as a volunteer lock keeper

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A STEEPLE Aston man has told how he met comedian David Walliams while working as a volunteer lock keeper for the Environment Agency.

David Machin, who volunteers at Godstow Lock near Wolvercote, told of his celebrity encounter as the Environment Agency launched this year’s volunteer lock assistant campaign.

Mr Machin said: “My favourite aspect of being a volunteer is working with boaters and boats on a regular basis, talking with them and the permanent lock keepers.

“But the highlight had to be my involvement with the David Walliams Thames Swim for Sports Relief. David came through the lock when I was on duty and gave us a big piece of cake as a reward for our help.

“I can’t wait for the next boating season to start where I can spend the day at a lovely lock.”

Training will be provided. Candidates should be reasonably fit and able to volunteer at least one day a week between May and September.

Contact the Environment Agency on 01491 828360 for details.