The flood waters were not enough to stop canoe shop owners Terry and Jenny Sinclair meeting friends for lunch in Holt.

Mr and Mrs Sinclair, who have run the Family Adventure Store in Hilperton for 11 years, paddled along the B3106 from Staverton in their demo canoe.

Mrs Sinclair said: “It was very quiet, but we were worried if a car came round a corner because we saw a 4x4 with a snorkel before we set off.

“There was quite a lot of sideways current and it was blowing about force nine, but Sunday lunch tasted all the better for a bit of exercise.”