We had a full house with 96 people for diner on Saturday night, and the curry went down so well that half of them came up again for ‘seconds’.

      After the deserts had rapidly disappeared, we were entertained by local singer Libby Gliksman and her accompanying pianist.  She commanded the attention of her audience with her varied repertoire, and after a short interval for selling the popular raffle tickets, we were all singing along with her, ending an excellent evening on a high.

      The sun came out on the Sunday, and brought in the crowds until the whole site was heaving with visitors.

       Music in the Marquee being provided by the popular Street Band.  

      The dog show was a big attraction, and the fairground did a brisk trade.  

CRT signed up 5 new volunteers to work on the Monty, and the Friends signed up several new members.

       I must admit to having 4 of the excellent cup cakes baked by Steve Burgess who sold over 400 for our funds,  which were also boosted by a large collection for our busking boater.

     The CRT Manager for our area, Ian Easby,  judged the ‘Best Decorated Boat, and joined Harry Arnold and     Judith to judge the Montgomery Gurning competition. which brought the event to a close, except that nobody     wanted to go home, and many stayed to help drain the 5th keg of beer.


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(Organisers report by Mr P A Richards) .

After months of planning by our small committee, the Maesbury Canal Festival took place on the week-end of the 6th and 7th of September.

        The first event was the Boater’s dinner on the Friday evening, which was rounded off by a quiz which caused much hilarity, but we were back on site  early on the Saturday morning to welcome the many stall-holders. The sky was overcast, but the rain held off and the Festival fields and the towpath were soon busy with families making their way down after parking at the Mill where the Scouts were in charge.

       The official opening was at 11am, preceded by a drum roll by the Boreatton Scouts..  Our Chairman, Judith Richards introduced Councillor Arthur Walpole who opened the Festival, and Angeline Hankey presented Mary Walpole with a bouquet.

        Richard Parry, CEO of Canal and River Trust then said how pleased he was to be back on the Monty, before our guests boarded the Countess of Maesbury for a horse drawn trip to Redwith where Richard took the opportunity of meeting the SUCS Volunteers.

      Music in the Marquee was provided by the excellent rhythms of Percussion Unlimited, and the many WOW activities kept children busy filling in their passports.

      The trading boats along the canal were doing well, and we had to queue up for our bacon butties.

       Many boaters had entered into the spirit of the Festival by decorating their narrow-boats to the theme of ‘Lets go another Mile’.