’Ere we go!


Canal Boat - - News -

WITH MORE THAN 100 boats con­verg­ing on Pel­sall on the Birm­ing­ham Canal Nav­i­ga­tions for this year’s In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion Fes­ti­val of Wa­ter as we went to press, the As­so­ci­a­tion has al­ready cho­sen Ilke­ston in Der­byshire on the Ere­wash Canal as the 2017 venue.

The free event, to be held over the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end 26-28 Au­gust, will have an ar­ray of at­trac­tions on and off the wa­ter to pro­vide a fun day out for all the fam­ily. Leisure, trade, her­itage and work­ing nar­row­boats are ex­pected and there will be craft stalls, ac­tiv­i­ties, a mar­ket and fundrais­ing stalls. It will also be a cam­paign event bring­ing more craft onto the canal as well as pub­li­cis­ing nearby restora­tion projects in­clud­ing the Crom­ford and Derby canals.

“This is won­der­ful news for the Ere­wash and it is a real hon­our for our bor­ough to be cho­sen as the host for the Fes­ti­val of Wa­ter 2017,” said Coun­cil­lor Mike Wal­lis, Ere­wash Bor­ough Coun­cil’s Lead Mem­ber for Cul­ture and Leisure. While IWA Events Team Chair­man John But­ler said: “I am de­lighted that we are able to bring IWA’s Fes­ti­val of Wa­ter to Ilke­ston next year. The Ere­wash Canal is a beau­ti­ful yet un­der­used wa­ter­way and the event will at­tract more peo­ple to visit it.”

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