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An Award-winning tour in 2015

Part 3: The Northampton Festival

 

Tim and Pru

Timothy West and Prunella Scales opened the Festival

 

We  spent 4 days at Northampton for the Festival of Water. It was a great festival, especially on the first day when the sun shone brightly and brought the crowds flocking to the river-side.

 

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The Northampton riverbank was full of boats, which made a fine display.

 

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Tim and Pru amongst the crowds before opening the festival
At our mooring we put up our decorations
We set off upriver for the boat-handling competition ...
.... which involved plenty of reversing

We took part in every event that we could, from pub quiz to boat-handling, and even managed to come away with a handsome piece of silverware, the A.P.Herbert trophy for the boat that had made the longest journey in travelling to the Festival.

 

A P Herbert Trophy

 

We will hold this trophy for a year, and our names will be forever engraved on the base along with many of the most famous names in Canal Boating history.

Finally, after a brief rest at home, we journeyed back up to Stoke-on-Trent where the boat was built 25 years ago, so that our damaged starboard bow could be cut away and replaced with new steelwork. The boatyard certainly did a magnificent job here; as the photo shows, you just can't see the join!

 

Repaired Bow

 

 

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