PRESS RELEASE: Saul Waterways Pageant 2014

Issue date: 28th August 2014

The Inland Waterways Association's (IWA) Saul Waterways Pageant, took place over the Bank Holiday weekend 23rd - 25th August with a variety of boats displayed at their best and events and entertainment enjoyed by the public. Despite the variable weather around 2500 visitors enjoyed the pageant over the weekend.

The event featured live music, markets, refreshments, a real ale bar and a daily 'lucky programme £50 prize draw. A diversity of interests on and around the waterways was showcased including activities such as walking, fishing and cycling as well as demonstrations and water-based competitions. Crowds gathered along the bank in the afternoon to watch the boat handling competition and the illuminated boat parade later in the evening.

A popular attraction at the event included 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 paraded past the pageant site at Saul Junction daily and were moored on site all weekend. Two beautiful old steam launches and a steam traction engine joined the pageant on Saturday and Sunday and there was also an unexpected attraction of the occasional stately passage of tall ships returning from filming in Gloucester Docks. Over 50 other visiting boats lined the canal for a considerable distance.

The Cotswold Canal Trust, located next to the pageant site, was also busy too providing trip boats for the public.

The Saul Waterways Pageant celebrated the restoration work taking place on the Cotswold Canals, and promoted the forthcoming Heritage Lottery bid Cotswold Canals Trust is making. During the pageant, IWA's Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) worked with the Trust, to restore the canal at Bowbridge Locks near Stroud. Members of the public were invited to go along and see WRG in action.


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About IWA
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IWA campaigns for the use, maintenance and restoration of Britain's inland waterways.
About IWA
Volunteers restoring the waterways. The Waterway Recovery Group is part of IWA.
About WRG

Convoy of Lifeboats by John Butler
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