Pelsall Canal Festival - Birmingham Canal Navigations 2011

The Birmingham Canal Navigations Society is pleased to announce that its main Summer event next year will be held on the northern section of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN). The Festival is supported by the Inland Waterways Association, Longwood Boat Club and the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.

The dates will be 11/12th June 2011 and the location will be Pelsall Wood Common, off Wood Lane, Pelsall.

The campaigning aims of the event are to ensure greater use of the BCN and to promote their benefits to all the community. This event was postponed from 2010 because of concerns following the dewatering of Chasewater Reservoir but thanks to improved management of water resources, British Waterways is confident that it can proceed in 2011.

The location has been used previously for successful waterways events and the organisers are confident that a warm welcome and full support will be received from the local community. Boaters will have the opportunity to join a BCN Explorer Cruise on their way to the Festival.

Graham Whorton, chairman of the BCNS says “With the proposed move of the inland waterways into a charitable trust, this Canal Festival will be particularly important in showing how valuable these canals are to local people and we are confident that it will be a good day out for all the family.”

The BCN Society, formed in 1968, exists to conserve, improve and encourage a wide range of interests in the 100 mile network of Birmingham and Black Country waterways known as the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

The Festival will include stalls, entertainment, displays, boat trips and refreshments for the public as well as being a gathering of boats from all over the country. Entry for the public will be free. Boaters and exhibitors are welcome to attend, for further information and an application form please contact;

Brenda Ward, tel. 0121 355 6351 email

For general inquiries please contact;

Ivor Caplan, mobile 07778 685674 email

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