The happy group is pictured here by Julie Arnold of Waterway Images at Portland Basin Marina on Friday 23rd June 2017. 12 boats and their crews had reached this rendezvous via the Lower Peak Forest and Ashton Canals. Help on Marple and Ashton Locks was provided by members of the Tudor Cruising Club and Canal & River Trust Volunteers. Guy and Sandra Holding kindly hosted this first gathering. Some of them are carrying their welcome goody bags stuffed full of useful information about the trip as well as their complementary Huddersfield Canal Society membership packs complete with Summer edition of Pennine Link, the Society’s quarterly magazine.
Graeme & Barbara Sleeman, 10th and 12th from the left, had travelled the furthest to join the cruise, from their base on the Kennet and Avon in Berkshire. “The trip has been pretty uneventful so far although we did run over a complete portable toilet on the Macclesfield. It’s funny what you find.”
This image by the undersigned shows Ray Butler with what must be a useful purchase from Portland Basin Marina. Perhaps he will tell me the real use for it as we join him over the Pennines.
Huddersfield Canal Society