VIDEO: Cardboard gondola launched on the River Avon

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ONE of the highlights of last week’s River Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon was the successful launch of a unique gondola made entirely of cardboard.

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The 6.5-metre gondola made its maiden voyage on the River Avon over the weekend before heading off to the canals of Venice.

It had been made specially for the event by cardboard artist Will Alexander.

He took to the Avon to practice his gondoliering skills before heading off to Venice, where he plans to show it at an international exhibition.

Will said after the launch of Polly, named after his girlfriend: “It was very good to get out on the Avon for ten minutes and I was 60 to 40 optimistic it would work and it did.”