Official Launch for IWA National Festival

Issue date: 18th June 2013

Photo courtesy of the Watford Observer

To mark the launch of IWA's National Festival, which runs from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July 2013 at Cassiobury Park, Watford, Festival Chairman Michael Stimpson presented the ‘Tiller Pin Trophy’ to The Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, at a ceremony in the park held on 5th June.   The trophy remains with the host town until handed over to the town hosting the next event.

Around 400 boats, including historic working boats, are expected to line up along the Grand Union Canal.  The event is also renowned for its high quality entertainment and there is always something to keep everyone amused. 

The event is organised by a small army of about 300 volunteers gathered from IWA members, WRG, waterways enthusiasts and the local community.  Longstanding IWA member and Rickmansworth resident, Michael Stimpson, who has been appointed as this year’s Festival Chairman said:

 “I am proud and pleased to be nominated as this year’s Festival Chairman and excited to be leading a festival in my home county.  Cassiobury Park is a beautiful location and it will be a great opportunity for the local community to celebrate and support the wonderful waterway network that’s right on their doorstep.”

Commenting on Watford hosting the festival, elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill said:

"We are delighted that Watford was chosen by The Inland Waterways Association to host its annual celebration of the nation’s inland waterways. They are a precious part of our national heritage and I know the three-day festival promises to be a spectacular event in our much loved Cassiobury Park, along the banks of the Grand Union Canal."

Ian West, IWA Festivals Committee chairman summed up: 

“IWA's volunteers are delighted to stage the Waterways Festival in Watford and looking forward to welcoming thousands of people to Cassiobury Park and the Grand Union Canal. 

“It’s a chance to celebrate, support and find out more about our wonderful waterways and we would like as many people as possible to get involved and attend the regular public meetings in the run up to the event.”

Find out more about The Waterways Festival.

Photo: (L to R) Festival Chairman, Michael Stimpson, presents The Tiller Pin Trophy to elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, Cassiobury Park, Watford.