and this year is no different, with the return of Flints Marine, a rather unusual ship's chandlers who have supplied goods to just about every theatre in the country, as well as film and television studios, for over 28 years.
The Beale Park Thames Boat Show at Lower Basildon, in Berkshire attracts an interesting variety of exhibitors
Their vast range of ropes, pulleys etc. have been used for such diverse things as taking up the curtain on The Lion King, the recent staging of Treasure Island and splicing the swinging monkeys' ropes (12 men in costume!) on the BBC's cbeebies.
Their clients also include: The Royal National and The Royal Opera House and most West End musicals. Their film credits range from Corpse Bride to the two most recent James Bond films.
Even their London warehouse shop has a story, being originally a paint frame owned by Joseph Harker who provided the basis for the character, Harker, in Bram Stoker's Dracula. It provides a rare Central London base for boating supplies, including: Epifanes, Festool, genuine Jenny Brushes and more - along with their rigging loft for rope splicing requirements.