Montgomery Canal

 

DINGHY DAWDLE 2010

 

The Montgomery Canal Dinghy Dawdle 2010 took place on Sunday the 13th of June between

Berriew Aqueduct and Welshpool Town Wharf.

Starting at 10.30 am, the Dawdles 25th Anniversary attracted a record number of visitors which consisted of some 70 plus craft of various shapes and sizes which included canoes, coracles, etc. together with their crews and accompanying walkers.

The boaters were welcomed by Derrick and Mary Awcock who started this event some 25 years ago.   

The event was then started by the new MP for Montgomery, Mr Glyn Davies.

Craft starting to assemble by the picnic area.

 

Numbers rapidly increased as it approached the start time.

 

Event organiser, Terry Wain assembled the boaters.

 

Mrs Awcock welcomed the boaters.

 

The numbers grew.

 

The event was started by  Mr Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomery.

 

Participants crossing Berriew Aqueduct.

 

The oldest participant, Mr Idris Owen from Newtown is welcomed by Mr Glyn Davies MP.

 

Craft assembling above Berriew Rectory Lock.

 

Going down –– in Berriew Rectory Lock.

 

And above the lock, more craft assemble.

 

Another group assemble above Brithdir Lock.

 

Leaving Brithdir Lock.

 

Meanwhile, two coracles were approaching Brithdir Bridge .

 

Entering  Belan Top Lock.

 

Leaving the lock after going down.

 

Arriving at the top of Belan Bottom Lock.

 

Not to forget the occasion.

 

Below the lock, the Dawdlers stopped for lunch.

Gathering again above the Town Lock at Welshpool .

 

The weather took a turn for the worst as they left the Town Lock.

 

A wet finish at Welshpool Town Wharf.

 

Commemorative  plaques were presented to boaters by the Mayor of Welshpool

Cllr. Estelle Bleivas assisted by Derrick  & Mary Awcock

and a special mounted one was awarded to them.

One of the younger boaters receiving his commemorative plaque.

 

In spite of a damp end to the event, the weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of this

intrepid group of boaters and walkers who vow to return for the event again next year.

 

 

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