Rock­ing down the cut

Canal Boat - - Letters - SARAH READ,

YOU ASKED TO hear other sto­ries about us­ing your boat to get some­where. Last May we set off from our moor­ing on the Ken­net & Avon at Pewsey head­ing for All Can­nings to go to the Con­cert at The Kings, a mu­sic fes­ti­val held each year in aid of Rock Against Can­cer.

It was our fist visit to the fes­ti­val, as each year we wanted to visit pre­vi­ously we had not been able to go due to other com­mit­ments.

Trav­el­ling by boat added a great deal more ex­cite­ment to the ex­pe­ri­ence. We made the two-hour lock-free run with friends on their boat, my hus­band was con­vinced we would not find a moor­ing but we did eas­ily for both boats. There was no room on the vis­i­tor moor­ings but we found a spot on the tow­path right by a foot­path that led straight to the venue, a five-minute walk from the canal. We made our way to the con­cert armed with our fold­ing chairs. I never thought I would say this, but the best band of the day were 70s band The Sweet who put on a su­perb show. Other bands play­ing were the An­i­mals, Lind­is­farne, Howard Jones and Squeeze. The con­cert is held in a small field be­hind the Kings Arms pub in the vil­lage, so the con­cert had a very in­ti­mate, friendly feel to it and there was a great se­lec­tion of food and drink on of­fer.

We had a su­per day and we were able to go back to the boat at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals to let the dogs out, some­thing we would not have been able to do had we gone by car. It got very cold later on in the evening and we went back to the boat early but we were still able to hear the mu­sic on the canal bank.

It was a fab­u­lous day made all the bet­ter by get­ting there by boat. We didn’t have to worry about drink­ing and driv­ing or who would look af­ter the dogs, it was a per­fect day. We have re­served tick­ets for this year and will def­i­nitely be go­ing by boat again, roll on May!

nb Nat­ter­gal

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