Nick is one of the few full time punt chauffeurs, working the river all year around. The punt companies hire in casuals for the main tourist season, some of whose commentaries can be “economic with the truth”! Such a shame and so unnecessary as the history, the architecture, the characters and the real stories are fantastic enough with no need for embellishments. This is not the case with Nick who has chaffered punts on the Cam for many years and is a mine of information. I’m always pleased to swap stories and any new findings with Nick. Nick recently had the honour to be one of the chauffeurs escorting the Olympic torch when it left Trinity College on a punt at 6am one very wet morning.