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The BCN Wedding of the Year 2012

How to cause Chaos with a Flotilla

"If a flotilla is good enough for the Queen's Jubilee, then I want one for my wedding" said the bride-to-be. Did she realise what she was starting, with that simple comment?

Our friends John and Nicki each lived on their own boat at Hockley Port (a couple of miles from the heart of Birmingham); they were getting married at the Register Office which is beside the canal at Holliday Wharf (near the Cube and the Mailbox). Plans were soon under way for their boaty friends to form a flotilla; the bride and groom would each arrive on their own boat and would then leave together on one boat followed by a flotilla of 15 others.

Under the guidance of the appointed Pageant-master, we all assembled to decorate our boats while awaiting the arrival of the newlyweds, and then formed a procession immediately behind them. All the wedding guests were accommodated on the boats, and the champagne-bottles were opened as we made our way through the centre of Birmingham. People on the towpath cheered, the public trip-boats hooted (either to wish congratulations, or to ask the flotilla to get our of their way, I'm not sure which) as we assembled for photographs at Deep Cuttings junction (that's the one with the roundabout in the middle). Boats filled the whole area, so that you could walk from one side of the junction to the other across their roofs, and the whole scene was one of incredible joyfulness!

Photographs completed, we made our way to Hockley Port, to gather for a fabulous party which lasted through to the small hours of the morning. Thank you John and Nicki for letting us share your wonderful day.

 

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Debbie and the boat are both wearing their finery
Here comes the Pageant-master ...
... and after a quick hug from Debbie ...
... he continues his inspection of the waiting fleet
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The bride arrives with her father ...
... and departs with her new husband
The boats are looking good, bedecked with bunting and balloons
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The flotilla pauses at the Junction for photographs
There are still plenty of boats behind us in the flotilla
The last few boats get into position
The pageant-master surveys the scene as the junction is completely filled with boats
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The flotilla sets off again
We begin to make our way along the Main Line
The bride helps to moor the boats at Hockley Port
Hockley Port moorings start to fill with boats

 

Postscript: John and Nicki are selling their two boats and buying one bigger one with the proceeds.

 

View Slideshow (of the wedding only) View Slideshow (of the whole trip) Part 3 - Drayton Manor to the Ashby
Go to Allan's Page Part 1 - Birthday Parties and the trip to Stoke Canals Home Page Part 2 - Peak Forest, via Llangollen to Birmingham Go to Deb's Page

 

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