Bas­ingstoke cel­e­bra­tions

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IF YOU THOUGHT this was a paint­ing of an idyl­lic, leafy canal scene, you’d be wrong – it’s a pho­to­graph taken in the mid­dle of the town of Wok­ing at its re­cent canal fes­ti­val.

Boaters with his­toric nar­row­boats turned out in force for the event, which cel­e­brated 25 years since the re-open­ing of the Bas­ingstoke Canal and 50 years of both the Bas­ingstoke Canal So­ci­ety and the His­toric Nar­row Boat Club.

The Fes­ti­val was opened by Canal & River Trust Chief Exec Richard Parry, who re­vealed he is cel­e­brat­ing a 50th an­niver­sary of his own this year. Per­haps more im­por­tantly, CRT also told CanalBoat that it had al­ready had talks with the Bas­ingstoke Canal Au­thor­ity to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity that the cash-strapped canal might at some time in the fu­ture be brought into the CRT sys­tem.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, Wey & Arun Canal Trust and the River Wey Nav­i­ga­tion So­ci­ety were among other or­gan­i­sa­tions at the week­end cel­e­bra­tion, which fea­tured live music, a fair­ground or­gan and real ale.

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