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Cross Channel Water Ski Challenge

Cross Channel Water Ski 1990: Raising Money for MS Society & Aylsham Community

In the spring of 1990, Aylsham based brothers and partners of Barnwell Print, Julian and Lincoln Barnwell, planned a charity bid to water ski across the English Channel for the MS Society and Aylsham Sports and Leisure Centre.

The crossing was originally set for the weekend of May 18th, but delays, caused first by worries about sponsorship money and then twice by adverse weather conditions in the English Channel, meant that the ski eventually took place on 1st June 1990.

The early morning channel crossing was completed by Julian, then 23 years old, in 1 hour and 15 minutes, while younger brother Lincoln, then 19, made the 26 mile trip, from New Romney in Kent to Boulogne-sur-Mer in Northern France, in 1 hour and 4 minutes.

The main purpose of the brothers’ water skiing event was to raise money for the MS Society and raise awareness of multiple sclerosis, a condition that their mother Linda Barnwell was suffering from. A quarter of money raised also helped the local community and sports centre in Aylsham, Norfolk, where the family and the successful printing business remains.

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