Meet up of 45 canal boats and vintage cars for special day of fun

Dozens of canal boats gathered as part of Stourbridge Navigation Trust's open weekend.

Barry Johnson aboard 'White Locks', enjoying Stourbridge Navigation Trust's open weekend.
Barry Johnson aboard 'White Locks', enjoying Stourbridge Navigation Trust's open weekend.

Canal enthusiasts flocked to the event at the Bonded Warehouse in Canal Street, and along the Stourbridge Town Arm of the canal for plenty of fun.

As well as the rally of around 45 boats, there was a funfair, craft stalls, a real ale bar, and a display of vintage vehicles.

There were around 22 vintage cars on display on both days, including a road wagon, while vintage ice cream vans kept guests refreshed.

Beaming stallholders also engaged with the public, showcasing the best of local business.

Stalls included Baked by Chloe – run by a 20-year-old baker based in Dudley – and Elle & Kate Bows, selling colourful handmade hair bows.

Also in attendance was Salvaged with Style, which makes unique pieces out of upcycled products, and Chasing the Boats, with puzzles and calendars showcasing the work of waterway photographer, Kev Maslin.

It makes a welcome return for the free event after a two year break due to the pandemic.

Manager of the Trust, Heidi Barratt, said: "It's been fantastic, a great event. Everyone's happy and we've had good weather.

"It's lovely to have it back after the pandemic and all the stallholders are really happy."

Stourbridge Navigation Trust is supported by The Canal and River Trust, which cares for a 2,000-mile-long, 200-year-old, network of canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks.

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