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Huddlesford Heritage Gathering 2013

The Draco Crafts boat ‘Success’ aptly describes the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering of 2013.

Held over the weekend of 21st - 22nd September, fine weather helped to ensure a well attended and most enjoyable event. Nearly 5000 people came and the event car park was filled to over-flowing, while the banks from Streethay to Whittington were lined with Vintage, Private and Trade narrowboats.

Organised jointly by the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and the Lichfield Cruising Club this was the first two-day event and marked the 25th anniversary of the trust.

The organisers wish to say a big thank you to all those who worked so hard to make the event such a success.  

These pages are a mere snapshot of the event; apologies to the many attendees who are omitted.

Daysy again took visitors on a trip lasting about 35 minutes up to the new Kings Orchard Marina and back. (Thanks to Streethay Wharf).

Around 200 classic cars and other vehicles were shown by their proud owners while historic narrowboats included Cepheus and Dove.

We were paid a visit by Doug Hamilton Cox who has decided to target the canals of the UK as his next walking adventure - collecting for the troops along the way but also helping to raise the profile of the work being done to restore our industrial heritage.

Visit Doug’s website ‘Walking for the Wounded’ for more information.

View the ‘Help For Heroes Walk’ along the Lichfield Canal.

We are very grateful to the Inland Waterways Association Lichfield Branch who donated £300 towards the Lichfield Canal Towpath Trail. The cheque was presented by branch treasurer Barbara Hodgson.


Lichfield Bower Queen Savannah Bennett also pointed the way to our new Heritage Towpath Trail.

Armitage Bird of Prey Centre proved popular with bird lovers and photographers.

The Staffs Agility School dogs (and their owners) entertained spectators throughout both days, and while some visitors relaxed in the sun others couldn’t wait to have a go around the course!

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Watch video highlights and more on our YouTube Channel.

See also this feature page at CanalScene.com