Ali Taylor and Mike Thomas

Ali and Mike lived on their barge Reliance for 30 years on the Thames at Chiswick in West London. They were part of a small group of boat owners that promoted the building of Chiswick Pier as part of a comprehensive redevelopment of the site where they were moored.

Ali set up Thames Explorer Trust and ran it for many years.

Mike worked as an Editor in BBC Post Production.

Since retiring and moving to Devon, Ali has become involved in village life including helping run the Community Space and Village Fete in Littlehempston, whilst Mike has been working as a volunteer on the South Devon Railway in the Engineering Workshop, helps with the co-operative which was set up to buy, re-open and secure the future of the Tally Ho and continues his involvement with the FreeBMD project.