Friday, September 10, 2010

Canal Trust floats its boat for Swindon Canal Fest

'Dragonfly' on the K&A Canal at Semington 
this week before being taken by road to Swindon.
Picture by Bob Naylor
By Bob Naylor

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust's new trip boat has been craned into a restored section of canal in Swindon in time to be used this weekend to carry passengers at the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Canal Fest at Wichelstowe on Sunday.

The 36ft narrowboat was named Dragonfly by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony at Semington on the K&A Canal on Wednesday.

The boat was taken by road from the K&A Canal after being used in a ceremony to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Wilts & Berks Canal by marking the start point of the planned link from the K&A Canal to the River Avon in Melksham. On the eastern side of Melksham there will be a link from the river to the canal that, when restored, will form a link to the River Thames at Abingdon.
The Wichelstowe Canal Festival is on from 11am to 4pm on Sunday.
There will be a demonstration by local canoe clubs, Swindon Angling Club will be there to teach youngsters how to fish. Children's entertainment will include a bouncy castle, trampolines, hopper races and an inflatable obstacle course.
There will also be face painting, glitter bugs and henna art.
The trust stand will be there to with information about the canal, its industrial heritage and the techniques being used to restore the canal.
For more information visit:
How to get there
Recommended route,
Redposts Drive
(off Wootton Bassett Road, Swindon)
Recommended route,
The canal towpath from the rear
of the Esso Garage, Kingshill Road
The footpath from Old Town to Mannington
that crosses the canal then use the towpath south

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