This has been a bumper day of photos and info. The connection through the Liquid Highway site put me in touch with Rob Balcomb.
Rob’s Dad was Bob Balcomb of F&B Boats. They owned the Beta III from 1979 to 84 operating her between Kingston and Hampton Court providing river cruises and floating discos (I definitely need to recreate the early 80s floating disco at some point!)
Rob has kindly given me access to even more photos. I reckon she looked quite smart in her blue and white phase!
The photo below is my favourite. I need to try and recreate it when I am down there next – with blue not white overalls and a far less impressive moustache!!
A big thank you to Rob!