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The second Brighouse Canal, Beer and Music Festival cruised into town over the weekend to the delight of many thousands of visitors. Families had a great time enjoying seeing the canal full of boats and over 1500 people took a free trip in one of the four boats operating cruises, operated by The Safe Anchor Trust and the Calder Navigation Society.
On dry land, the town buzzed to the sound of live music performed around the town on three stages by over 30 acts. The music covered all tastes from brass bands to rock and roll. Roger Davies headlined a concert at the Civic Hall on Friday night to open the festival and was supported by Plum Hall and Ryan Spendlove.
Over the weekend many other local favourites performed such as Chantel McGregor, Blood Sweat & Beers, Bella Gaffney and The Rainy Street Band. Fie, Fie, Fie repeated their success from last year as did Blackpool Bridge. Newcomers to the festival included Caroline Francess, Weave, The Yum and Delicious Biscuit. The shows were compered by Pete Jones and Natasha Harper.
The organisers, the Brighouse Business Initiative, were greatly indebted to Barry Smith and Jason Fieldhouse for organising the music and for Robert Brett and his team for keeping the sound going despite at times working in a deluge.
Pete Jones said: “It was a pleasure to share the stage with such brilliant local talent who were given the wonderful opportunity to showcase their acts. I am sure the Canal Festival will be the talk of the north for a long time.”
Visitors also enjoyed a street market with over 80 stalls selling a wide range of street food and local crafts.
The Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club displayed over 40 vehicles and held a competition for the best turned out car.
The Keighley and District Vintage Machinery Club put on a working display of machines from yesteryear whilst Halifax and Brighouse model engineers gave steam train rides. John Buxton, from the BBI said: “It was a joy to see so many people e n j oy i n g our lovely town and canal. In an era of cutbacks Brighouse is showing what can be done if there’s a will.”
Pictures from the Brighouse Canal, Beer and Music Festival by Charles Round