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IWA Oxfordshire Branch - boats at Banbury

October 2017

Banbury Canal Day 2017Photo: Standing head and shoulders above the crowds at Banbury Canal Day

30 volunteers from IWA Oxfordshire Branch were out in force to support another enjoyable Banbury Canal Day on 1st October. With only 6 weeks’ notice, the branch, headed up by their Chairman Steve Good, strived to get the usual boat trips running on the canal for the day – complete with volunteers to safely run them. And what a success! The branch hosted nearly 1,000 people on board the four boats and raised the profile of IWA through the event. Through this event relationships have been strengthened with Tooley’s Boatyard and the branch have been able to reach out and engage with more volunteers from the River Thames – which will help to strengthen their activity in that part of the branch area in the future.

Boat enthusiast, IWA member and local legend, Peter Cole, was on the water once again with his tiny electric barrowboat.  Although this will be his last year, having missed only three Canal Days in the history of the event.

The canalside was alive with juggling stilt walkers mingling amongst thousands of visitors.  There was live music, fairground rides and falconry.  Tooley’s Boat Yard, known for its role in Tom Rolt’s adventure in Narrowboat was also open to visitors.

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