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.