Maesbury Canal Festival

Canal Central, Maesbury Marsh – 1st and 2nd September 2012

The Opening of the Maesbury Canal Festival – 1st September 2012

    The Maesbury Canal Festival will be opened at 11am on Saturday 1st September by Jim Forrester, chairman of the new North Wales and Borders Waterway Partnership of the Canal & River Trust.

    Mr Forrester was a boat-builder on the canals and went on to working with a number of heritage and conservation organisations, most recently as Director at Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.

   After the opening Mr Forrester and invited dignitaries, including Shropshire Councillors David Lloyd and Vince Hunt, and John Abram MBE, High Sheriff of Shropshire, will take a trip on the new horse-drawn trip boat Duchess of Maesbury and travel to Redwith bridge where the party will be able to see the volunteers of Shropshire Union Canal Society at work on restoring the next length of canal.

   Festival organisers are also pleased that the new miniature railway at Canal Central will be able to run for the Festival. The 10¼” gauge Canadian Pacific engine No 1941 will be giving rides on the track running round the Festival site.

    Festival committee chairman Judith Richards said, “This is the third Canal Festival at Maesbury, and it will be the best yet. Boats are coming from the East Midlands, West Midlands and the North-West, and we have the biggest ever selection of crafts and sales stands. There are competitions for dogs, young anglers and people making gurning faces. In addition we have is a wide selection of demonstrations, entertainments and children's activities”.

   “We have always said that the Montgomery Canal is being restored for the whole community”.

    “The canal is used by hikers, anglers, canoeists and Sunday strollers: all will enjoy what we have to offer, but it is the boats that will bring the canal to life”.

   “We are delighted that the Chairman of the new Canal & River Trust Partnership will be opening the event. Jim Forrester already knows the canal and he and his team will be helping the officials of the Canal & River Trust and volunteers like us to push for the next stages of reopening of this canal.”

   The Festival, on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd September, opening at 10am on each day, is organised by Friends of the Montgomery Canal and the Shrewsbury, District and North Wales branch of the Inland Waterways Association.

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