Boat-iful weekend on canal

Frank Laurenson collecting for the RNLI at the pageant (9660359)

James Mobley of Shoreline Marine with a selection of ropes for the canal boat enthusiast at the Saul Pageant (9660361)

Crowds filled the canal path at the Saul Waterways Pageant (9660386)

Boat trips along the canal were part of the pageant (9660375)

Colin Ruddal gently gliding up the canal in his steam powered boat at the Saul Waterways Pageant (9660411)

Dave Grover, Marion Hirtehey, Maria Grover and Sylvia Griffin of Teckels Animal Sanctuary at the pageant on Saturday (9660336)

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BOATERS and land-lovers alike enjoyed a Bank Holiday weekend of festivities as the Saul Waterways Pageant cruised along the Gloucester and Sharpness canal.

An estimated 2,000 visitors flocked to the junction with the Stroudwater Navigation.

Organised by the Inland Waterways Association, activities included boat handling, canoeing, tug of war, a Best Boat in Bloom competition, an illuminated boat display, walking, fishing, cycling and geocaching.

A highlight was a parade of historic RNLI lifeboats brought to Saul by lifeboat enthusiast Phil Trotter of Saul Junction boat builders R W Davis & Sons.

Other attractions included artisan food stalls, a real ale bar, a market and music.

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