A COUPLE who lived in St Helens for 17 years swapped their home for life on the canals and haven't looked back since.

After spending time on boats around the North West and half-joking about the idea of living on one, Paul and Anthony Storey were eventually convinced and sold their house a week before lockdown in 2020.

Setting off for life on the 'Morning Star', Paul, Anthony, and their dog Dexter, have since travelled up and down the country and have recently been filmed for an upcoming Channel 4 series called 'Narrow Escapes', which documents the unique lives of narrow boaters.

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St Helens Star: The pair have attracted thousands of views on their travel videosThe pair have attracted thousands of views on their travel videos (Image: Paul Storey)
Paul, an artist and magician from Billinge, said: "It does take a big adjustment to life on the boat, and we have to do things like fill up our own water and reduce our work hours.

"So it can be hard work at times, but we love it and wouldn't change a thing.

"We aren't moored anywhere so we're continuously cruising around the canals and meeting new people, and we have met some lifelong friends who have travelled with us months at times.

"We love the lifestyle and can't imagine going back to bricks and mortar now."

St Helens Star: Life on board the Morning StarLife on board the Morning Star (Image: Paul Storey)
After filming their adventures for a series of YouTube videos, Paul, Anthony, and Dexter have attracted thousands of views as people from all over the world have connected with them.

Some viewers have said that the videos have helped to transport them to another world and have even come to visit and travel with the couple.

The videos have also led the couple to be filmed on BBC North West and the upcoming Channel 4 series, which is planned to air in January.

St Helens Star: Paul, Anthony, and Dexter at Blea Tarn in the Lake DistrictPaul, Anthony, and Dexter at Blea Tarn in the Lake District (Image: Paul Storey)