The sun and spectacle attracted thousands of visitors to London's Little Venice for The Inland Waterways Association's 30th annual Canalway Cavalcade during the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.
At the Opening Ceremony on Saturday afternoon Libby Bradshaw, Events Manager, read out a message to IWA Vice President Illtyd Harrington from HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, conveying his congratulations and best wishes to IWA members on the occasion of Cavalcade's 30th anniversary.
Councillor Angela Harvey, Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster, welcomed everybody and thanked The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) for putting on the event. Jon Guest, Waterway Manager, Canal & River Trust (London) welcomed everyone to London's Waterways. Les Etheridge, National Chairman of the IWA, described the campaigning and restoration work of the IWA nationally.
At the VIP reception on Saturday afternoon the IWA's Vivian Bulkely-Johnson Salt Award, for a firm making a significant contribution to freight by water, was presented to S Walsh & Sons of Brentwood by IWA's National Chairman, Les Etheridge.
Over 160 boats attended from all parts of the 2000 mile waterway network and the pageant, after the opening ceremony, and procession of illuminated boats on Sunday evening were the best attended in recent memory. The atmosphere amongst the crowds who came to listen to the Blue Brothers play on the island in Brownings Pool and watch the illuminated boats was electric and everyone cheered each of the 23 boats when they came through.
The awards were presented by John Edmonds, Vice President of London Region IWA, on Monday afternoon:
The Marcus Boudier Trophy, for the best decorated privately entered boat in Saturday's Pageant went to Pearl Fishers, owned by Mr G Bishop.
Runner up was Moontiger, owned by Mr T Turner
The Ray Dunford Buckby Can, for the best decorated boat entered by a waterway or community group, went to the Pirate Castle and collected by Mr A Carpenter.
The Vic Trott Memorial Trophy, for the couple in the best 'Boaters Sunday Best' costume was awarded to Linda and Dennis Anfuso.
The Cruise Electric Trophy, for the best illuminated boat in Sunday evening's procession went to Moontiger, owned by Mr T Turner.
Runner up was Muttley, owned by Mr and Mrs M Birch.
The Graham Capelin Award, for the best entry by a boater who has not previously taken part in either the Saturday Pageant or Illuminated Procession of Boats, was awarded to Muttley, owned by Mr and Mrs M Birch.
The Westminster Trophy, sponsored by the City of Westminster for the winner of the Boat Handling Competition, which was sponsored by Porter & Co, was won by Tryst No. 2, owner Mr Tim Evans.
Runner up was Leo No. 2, owned by Ms Kathryn Dodington.
The Roger Squires Trophy, presented by St Pancras Cruising Club in recognition of Roger's 10 years as their Commodore, for the best novice competitor in the Boat Handling Competition, sponsored by Porter & Co., was awarded to Samantha Jane, owner Mr D Storey.
The Mike Stevens Memorial Trophy, for the 'Best Boat' at Canalway Cavalcade, selected from all the boat entries at the event, awarded in recognition of Mike's outstanding contribution to the IWA and Canalway Cavalcade during his lifetime, went to Pacific, owner John Pattle.
Runner up was Aqua Vitae, owned by Mr & Mrs Wilson
Jerry Sanders, Chairman and Commercial Director of the Canalway Cavalcade Organising Committee said: 'We've had the biggest turnout ever - over 30,000 people attended. It was very busy for the traders, who have all been enthusiastic, and already want to book again for next year. Amongst the 60 volunteers who organise and set up the event were young people from all parts of the UK and Europe. It was a resounding success'
Ian West, Deputy National Chairman of IWA and Chairman of Festivals, said 'Thank you to everyone who worked so hard during the year for such an excellent Cavalcade.'
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