Pre Festival Report by Mike Gallagher
The trip boats have arrived at Stonehouse Wharf for this weekend's Stroud on Water Festival!
The Cotswold Canals Trust boat Perseverance is pictured below right having been joined by the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust's boat Dragonfly.
The second picture shows both boats having just passed through Ryeford swing bridge.
Perseverance is skippered by CCT’s Western Trip Boat Manager Rob Burgon while Dragonfly is skippered by Mike Lang, chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust -Swindon branch.
The third picture shows both boats in the newly restored Ryeford double lock.
(The first pair of narrowboats to use the lock in over eighty years. A truly historic event captured by Mike Gallagher!)
Private boats arrive too
Six more privately owned trailable boats were launched on one of the two new slipways created in time for the Festival.
More trail boats are expected to arrive on Friday.
Opening in the air… and on the ground
A Supermarine Spitfire will fly over the festival site at 12.05 on Saturday to signify the opening of the event.
The actual opening ceremony will be carried out at ground level by Dr. Mark Horton of BBC TV's Coast.
Entertainment for All
The festival includes the 40th anniversary of the Cotswold Canals Trust and the Official Stroud Jubilee Celebration.
As well as boat trips, the weekend of family fun will include live music, poetry, children’s activities, vintage vehicles and a rock climbing wall.
A grand firework display will conclude the activities on Monday evening.