1st April 2017
The Retford and Worksop Boat Club invited us to join them for an Open Day. What follows is a visual record of a super event.
Lots of people turned up.
The towpath got quite crowded.
Many were queueing.
After the smoke has cleared you will be able to see what they were queueing for.
It was Robin Stonebridge (our Chair) and Jim Bower (our Vice Chair) running a very successful barbecue.
We took our promotional trailer and had a shop and tombola stall. The Canal & River Trust had a stall and George Findley came as well.
George Findley is a fender maker and has been for forty years.
Indoors, there were several displays. This is the start of a long timeline by Linda Davies that shows just how long ago the canal was built. The Battle of Waterloo is much further down the page, 38 years after the canal was opened. The canal was 60 years old when Queen Victoria came to the throne – for comparison, it is 58 years since the first bit of the M1 was opened.
John Lower gave a couple of talks.
You can see that there was a gap left in the long line of moored boats.
This was for Seth Ellis to moor so that its passengers could disemark …..
….. having first avoided the local residents.
The next group of passengers was ready to board.
The water was flat calm giving superb reflections.
Then Seth Ellis came along with Mick guiding a young skipper.
No caption necessary.
Upon their return, all seemed to be happy …..
….. including the boat manager.
We must thank the members of the Boat Club for inviting us to this hugely successful event. Hopefully it can be repeated.