NEWS

Lon­don Boat Show, Le­ices­ter Line re­opens, Ely moor­ing vic­tory, Nor­folk canal re­wa­tered, and watch out Hol­ly­wood!

Canal Boat - - This Month -

IN­LAND Wa­ter­ways craft made a wel­come re­turn to the Lon­don Boat Show af­ter sev­eral years’ ab­sence, with an in­land fea­ture con­cen­trat­ing on hol­i­day hire, and cen­tred around a mock-up lock and a canal pub serv­ing real ale to show vis­i­tors.

Although the du­ra­tion of the show at East Lon­don’s Ex­CeL has been halved to just five days, ex­hibitors told Canal Boat that they pre­ferred the shorter for­mat (from the point of view of staff cover) and were see­ing plenty of in­ter­est from vis­i­tors. Canal hol­i­day hire was rep­re­sented by ABC and Nap­ton Nar­row­boats, the Fens by Fox Nar­row­boats, over­seas wa­ter­ways by Cruise Ire­land and France Afloat, and the Broads and Thames by Richard­sons, Kris Cruis­ers and Hobbs.

Mean­while in the ‘lock’, a Broads cruiser and his­toric nar­row­boat tug Sand­bach rep­re­sented the old and new on the wa­ter­ways. Aqueduct Ma­rina joined forces with Ain­tree Nar­row­boats (ex­hibit­ing their in­ge­nious Bee­tle mini-nar­row­boat - with sev­eral con­firmed or­ders for new boats at the show), while the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion (who flew the flag for in­land wa­ter­ways alone at the last few shows) and a late en­try from the Canal & River Trust com­pleted the in­land dis­play.

The new five-day for­mat is set to be re­peated next year, on 9-13 Jan­uary. Chair of Bri­tish Marine In­land Boat­ing Rus­sell Chase said that the in­land boat­ing ex­hibitors were “al­ready talk­ing about work­ing to­gether again” fol­low­ing the level of in­ter­est seen this year.

Plenty of in­ter­est in the hire­boats Sand­bach, with the Lock Keeper’s Inn be­hind

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