Monday, 20 June 2016

Congratulations to Maghull Canal Fest a brilliant event 200 yrs of the Leeds Liverpool canal

on board the Pride of Sefton 2 with the Mayor of Maghull (and Josh her consort), Peter Gill the chair of Aintree Parish Council (and his wife) and Bill Esterson.
As the clouds darkened over Melling I set sail on the Pride of Sefton at the head of a flotilla of narrow boats making their way into the Canal Fest in Maghull.

The Canal tow paths and bridges on our way were lined with people joining in the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Leeds Liverpool canal.  Our destination was the Canal Fest being held at the Maghull Cricket ground.

On our way we passed many things of interest and we were lucky to have such an informed guide the Captain of the Pride of Sefton Dan

It is hard to grasp just how important the canals were to the growth of industrial Britain. 200 years ago the new canal had a transformative impact of the North of England. It would be good if we could have a modern day equivalent-say HS3?

Dan also pointed out the pill boxes that were build in WW2
and which I have posted about separately.

Josh, the Mayor of Maghull's consort, was also a mine of information, he frequently walks the tow paths and as a child had an arrangement with one of the local houses to stop off  to collect apples as he kayaked down the canal. Nowadays he fishes this stretch for pike. I was sorry to hear that he threw the fish back as I believe that it is good to eat
Arriving at Maghull cricket ground

When we arrived I met Adam Ryan who was very keen to come on board. Dan did the honours and after a photo gave him a tour of the boat

It was good to bump into my good friend Tony Robertson who took the next two photos. You can read his write up of the day here

As regular readers will know I had to choose the winner of a model boat building competition yesterday and I chose The Sarah after one of my grandchildren. This rather left her twin sister out of it so I was delighted to spot a boat in the flotilla named The Lily May

photo by Tony Robertson

The band entertained the crowds
By now the threatened rain had begun in earnest. Bill and I said words of welcome from the stage and headed off to the tea tent. The catering came from Scrummies Café in Maghull and was excellent. They had even baked a cake for the Mayor -but that is another story
another cake that got away......

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