Mercia Marina’s 10th
Thousands of visitors flocked to Mercia Marina in Willington to celebrate its 10th anniversary, enjoying live music, stilt walkers, street performances, a boat parade, face painting and street magic. A reception for those who have helped, supported, contributed and driven the marina forward over the years followed, with the celebrations culminating in a firework display.
A new bronze sculpture called ‘Bird of Happiness’ by Simon Gudgeon, was unveiled as ‘a permanent marker of the foundation of the marina in 2008.’ Mercia Marina is now one of the largest inland marinas in Europe and attracts over 800,000 visitors every year as well as being the home to moorings for more than 600 boats and the location of 27 privately owned holiday lodges.
Cllr Martyn Ford, Leader of South Derbyshire District Council, addresses the crowd in front of the recentlycompleted Piazza building
Face painting with Stephanie Walsh
Magician Don Hardy shows a card trick
The evening ended with a giant firework display
Sculptor Simon Gudgeon with Cllr Martyn Ford and John Thornton, partner of Mercia Marina