The Canal Society is planning to run its trip boat Marsden Shuttle on a regular schedule throughout this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October 2019. Always a popular event, do come along, have a free boat trip (donations welcomed) and enjoy the music as well!
What a great day at Tunnel End, Marsden!
Thanks to Paul Thompson and Kim Warren for all their work in making it happen. Great credit should also be given for the 50 musical performers who gave their time so generously. Also a big thank you to Bev and her team at CRT for pulling out all the stops to ensure its success.
Here are some great pictures of the day, all courtesy of Alan Stopher, Chairman HCS.
The Marsden Shuttle was busy all day
Enoch’s Hammer entertain a young visitor
The Blackbird Family craft stall was popular with children and adults alike
The Ticket Collectors entertain
Some French dancing getting ahead of Brexit
The Uketeers warm up the wrist action for a Woo or two
An unexpected visitor
Blues Band Green T get into the Groove
We even had a cruising boat through, right on cue
We are now running the Marsden Shuttle every day during the school holidays; providing we can get skippers and crew. Why not take a trip with your kids from Lock 42E by Marsden station to the visitor centre at Standedge, Tunnel End. Have a look at our online calendar so you can be absolutely sure we are running when you plan to visit. See you soon!
The Marsden Shuttle keeping busy at the Tunnel End Festival on Sunday 21st July. Photo: Alan Stopher
All aboard! © Alan Stopher/HCS
It was great to have our friends the East Manchester Community Boat Project joining us at this annual event. Their friendly crew gave around 400 local people a free boat trip on ‘Community Spirit 2’ during the two days. Pictured above are eager passengers going aboard and below their crew lining up to receive First Prize for the Best Presented Boat from HCS Council member Peter Rawson.
First Prize for the Best Presented Boat © Alan Stopher/HCS
Events conspired against us this year and with only 5 boats confirmed for the 12 boat cruise with only 10 days to go we decided to cancel the event.
It makes us even more determined to organise a successful repeat event in 2021 as part of the celebrations to mark 20 years of the reopened canal.
Recently we told you about the BBC hiring our Marsden Shuttle to film sequences for “The Road to Chelsea”; now you can click this link and watch the program, screened on Sunday 12 May, on your iPlayer connection.
On Monday 25th March, the BBC were filming on the canal at Marsden, featuring award winning garden designer Mark Gregory, whose ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ show garden for Chelsea 2019 will be inspired by the Narrow Canal. Our Marsden Shuttle and crew were used to good effect and ‘The Road to Chelsea’ is planned to be aired on BBC1 at 18.00 on 12th May.
Mark Gregory (red life jacket) interviewed at Lock 40E, Marsden
All aboard for Chelsea 2019. Photos: Syd Barnett