Thousands attend Stourbridge waterways rally

More than 10,000 people descended on Stourbridge for an annual waterways rally, now in its 29th year.

Stourbridge Navigation Trust’s open weekend featured more than 100 narrowboats as well as classic cars, steam engines and stalls.

This year the event marked 50 years since the Battle of Stourbridge.

This saw a group of boating enthusiasts prevent the closure of much of the network after taking on the government over their right to navigate inland waterways.

Stourbridge Navigation Trust manager Colin Clements, who helped to organise the event, said: “It has been a fantastic two days. The weather has been awfully kind to us..”

Boaters travelled from as far as Cambridgeshire for the event. Classic cars on display included a 1970 Ford Corsair and a 1939 MG Midget Series T. There were a number of stalls including one for the Black Country Living Museum.

Joe Hollingshead, aged 76, from Henwood Road, Tettenhall, was among those who had boats on display. “I love this event,” he said. I have been to it 12 times now, and I always enjoy it. There’s always a really good atmosphere.”