Sunday, 23 September 2012

Kennet & Avon Canal Trust's 50 Year Celebrations

I'm afraid the rain poured on our parade today at Devizes Wharf,  where we  celebrated 50 years of the K&A Trust, a group formed to save the canal from dereliction and infilling way back in the 1960's.  Many of us have worked with the Trust over the years, fund raising, working on the trip boat, encouraging membership, and educating both adults and and children of the benefits of having this wonderful canal, which was opened by the Queen in 1990, flowing through the town.  It is a great leisure resource for us all, fishermen, boaters, joggers, cyclists and walkers. 
The photo above shows the Mayor of Devizes and his wife with other dignatories after their arrival by boat to open the celebrations.  Unfortunately the remnants of hurricane "Nadine" arrived at the same time, to give us all a cold, windy soaking which has continued all day, and will stay with us until Tuesday!
Several Devizes groups were represented with above, the Regency Dance group, complete with costumes, watching the arrival of the Mayor.  What a pity it rained, but when the beer tent opened and the smell of the hotdogs and burgers wafted around the Wharf, spirits rose, and those brave souls who turned out in wet weather gear and umbrellas had a good time.

The lads on the beer tent, with cans of Fosters to the left and Wadworth 6X, the local beer brewed in Devizes to the right.  This tent proved popular among the visitors.

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