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Another working day for the many as ‘Keepers of the Lough’ continues

Keepers of the Lough continues this evening (Thursday) at 7.30pm as UTV bringing viewers the delights of Strangford Lough.

Narrated by Patrick Kielty, the series reveals what life is like in and around the lough.

In this the third installment we catch up with some now familiar faces to see what they are up to, and meet new families and folk that use the lough for work and play.

We’re back at Castle Espie this episode and meet Anna McLean from Ballyclare, who is a volunteer. She feeds the ducks, loving this part of the day.

Lynda Ferguson cares for Ben Alford, who has autism, and she tells us how the two of them volunteer every week, explaining the positive impact the work and the peaceful environment have on Ben.

Robert McCourt brought his boat back to Ringhaddy after sailing it for five years around Central America. He has spent two years overhauling it, and just as he’s ready to launch it again, after careful inspection of the trailer, boatman John Scott calls the launch off after the wind speed rises.

When launch day finally comes, Robert’s boat develops a problem that requires (literally) all hands on deck to the rescue.

Rory Martin, of Strangford Lough Activity Centre in Whiterock, runs a kayaking excursion with a difference.

Once they land on an island the group picks up litter. We meet a few of the participants, including a lady who doesn’t let her MS get in the way.

In the second part of the programme we revisit the National Trust barge as it comes out of the water for a refit.

Hugh Thurgate, the lead ranger for the Trust on Strangford Lough, explains why this needs to be done every few years.

Rory Faulkner is doing the refit and he supervises the haul out and the movement of the barge over a field.

Once complete, he explains the work undertaken, and, as Hugh gets it back in the water, we find out what happens to the brand

new paintwork.

We meet up again too at the Exploris Aquarium with Cloddagh McVeigh from Kircubbin, who introduces us to JC the turtle, who had been found on a beach in Donegal after drifting from the Canary Islands, and we hear about the plans to rehome him.

Wilmer McFerran, from Killyleagh, is back this time to chat about the island his father used to own and how a brand new Dexter tractor was transported to it in the 1960s on two boats tied together.

John Scott joins Wilmer and they reminisce over a photo taken that day. And we also find out what happened to the tractor.

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