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Braunston Boat Show report

CCT Team at Braunston

David Jowett and a team of Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers attended this year’s Braunston Historic Boat Show. This show was the debut appearance for the Trust’s new Modular Display System which formed the new Sales & Promotion Stand.

Celebrity canal enthusiasts

The event was further enhanced when the stand received a welcome visit from two celebrity canal enthusiasts.

Atmospheric event

Cotswold Canals Trust has attended Braunston shows and rallies since 1991.

These events developed into the atmospheric Braunston Historic Boat Show organised by Braunston Marina owner Tim Coghlan and his team.

The weekend of 29th – 30th June 2013 was the eleventh year of this hugely popular working narrowboats rally.

Over 80 historic boats gathered to take part in parades and displays of boating expertise.

David Jowett explained…

"Tim Coghlan, Libby Paul and the Braunston Marina Volunteers are generous hosts who provide the Trust with a complimentary trading pitch.”

Celebrity presentation

Tim Coghlan, a keen supporter of the Cotswold Canals Trust, contributed a £200 donation towards the restoration.

The cheque was presented to the Trust by actors (and keen boaters) Timothy West & Prunella Scales.

The first photograph shows the couple with Sales & Promotion team members Keith & Sandra Tidey and Christine Denton.

The second picture shows a twelve panel stock display that emulates the Trust's Visitor Centre displays.

Everything here was carried to the show in a small hatchback car.

Innovative display system

The Trust’s innovative Modular Display system can be constructed from as few as three and up to twenty four panels.

The system was conceived and constructed entirely by CCT Volunteers.

Development of the modular display was project managed by David Jowett using his many years experience of promoting the Cotswold Canals Trust around the country.

Valuable input came from the Trust's own retail display guru Chris Handscombe while Stroud resident Ron Crumpler came up with the Hook & Loop Hinge (aka Industrial Velcro) used to connect the display panels.

Manufacture was carried out by 'the ever so handy' Andy Berry, a leading staff member at the Wallbridge Lock Visitor Centre.

Branding header boards were provided by Trust signage specialist Neil Ritchie of Contract Sign Services.

Trust Chairman Mike Guest sums up…

"I never cease to be impressed at the creativity, commitment and energy displayed by our Trust members. It just goes to show the depth of knowledge and expertise that the Trust makes available to the restoration.”

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