Issue date: 19th August 2014
This August Bank Holiday weekend, sees the arrival of an exciting new three-day waterway event organised by The Inland Waterways Association (IWA), which will take place at Saul Junction on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.
One of the highlights of the event will be a parade of historic RNLI lifeboats, spanning the last sixty years, brought to Saul by lifeboat enthusiast Phil Trotter of R W Davis & Sons, the well-known Saul Junction boat builders.
The lifeboats will form a convoy, leaving Sharpness on Saturday morning and arriving at Saul at about 11am, before parading past the Pageant site at Saul Junction. The Lifeboat Parade will be repeated on Sunday and Monday, and the boats will be displayed at the event site throughout the weekend Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th August.
Two beautiful old steam launches and a steam traction engine will also be making an appearance on Saturday and Sunday.
Dozens of visiting boats will be there for the weekend, and boaters will be demonstrating their skills in a boat-handling contest. The less energetic will be competing for prizes for ‘Best Boat in Bloom’ and ‘Best Kept Engine Room’. On Saturday evening there will be an illuminated boat parade.
A variety of craft and market stalls will be trading all weekend, and on Monday boaters will be buying and selling boat parts, large and small, at the Boat Jumble.
There will also be a real ale bar for the adults and Wild over Waterways activities for the children.
Admission to the event will be free on the day, and parking at Moor Street in Saul is also free.
IWA is holding the Pageant with the support of the Cotswold Canals Trust to celebrate the restoration work on the Cotswold Canals, which will eventually connect the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal at Saul Junction with the River Thames near Lechlade.
The public are invited to go and see restoration work by IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group on the Sunday and Monday at Bowbridge Lock, which is close to the pageant.
IWA Events Team would like to thank Cotswold Canals Trust and Canal & River Trust for their support for the event.
More information can be found by visiting IWA’s website.
Notes for editors:
About Saul Waterways Pageant
|IWA campaigns for the use, maintenance and restoration of Britain's inland waterways.
|Volunteers restoring the waterways. The Waterway Recovery Group is part of IWA.