Thousands at boat show despite rain

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A mixed bag of bank holiday weather did not put off the crowds from heading along to the Crick Boat Show.

The three-day event drew in thousands of people from the local area and across the country.

Crick Boat Show. Pictured engineer Will Derbyshire at work on the engine NNL-140525-133654009
Crick Boat Show. Pictured engineer Will Derbyshire at work on the engine NNL-140525-133654009

Saturday saw the worst of the rain, but people still turned out to discover more about the country’s canals and inland waterways.

With modern and historic boats on display in all styles, visitors thinking of buying a boat, or those who just wanted to take a look, could have tours on board the show boats.

There was also everything for sale to do with boating, from engines and electrical systems, to beds and armchairs.

As well as the marine side of things, there was plenty to entertain every visitor.

Children could learn more about the ecology of the canals and try their hand at dipping in the pond created by the pupils of Kilsby Primary School.

There was also plenty of activities, rides and games to keep them interested.

A display of falcons, owls and other birds, plus hedgehogs, polecats and other wild animals demonstrated the wildlife supported by the waterways.

And when the stalls, stands and displays got too much, visitors could relax and enjoy some food or drink from the show’s own beer festival and enjoy some live music.

On the Saturday and Sunday there was evening music going on until 11.30pm, including a set on Saturday night from Toyah Wilcox. Saturday’s rain did prove problematic for those running the car parks over the three days, with patches turning into deep mud, but the teams were on hand to help stranded vehicles and spread copious amounts of straw on the ground to soak up the mud.

 

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