Braun­ston cel­e­brates his­tory

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DE­SPITE POOR WEATHER, 67 his­toric nar­row­boats and some 7,000 vis­i­tors at­tended the re­cent 14th Braun­ston His­toric Nar­row­boat Rally, which cel­e­brated the 80th birth­day of the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Rally was opened by Les Etheridge, IWA Chair­man, who donned tra­di­tional work­ing boat­man’s cos­tume to helm the Nut­field, also 80 years old this year, tow­ing its butty Ray­mond, from the Grand Union Canal into the ma­rina. The Ray­mond was steered by Richard Parry, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the Canal & River Trust, who opened last year’s rally. Or­gan­iser Tim Cogh­lan of Braun­ston Ma­rina said: “For me what was most pleas­ing was the num­ber of boats that came which had never been be­fore, and the com­ments from so many own­ers that it is events like the Braun­ston His­toric Nar­row­boat Rally, which in­spires them to re­store and main­tain their boats which are such an im­por­tant liv­ing and mov­ing part of our canal her­itage. Each year I hear the same grat­i­fy­ing story, which makes or­gan­is­ing the Rally so worth­while.”

All prof­its from the event, which ex­ceeded £ 6,000, were do­nated, as usual, to canal causes.

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