Leeds Liverpool Canal – Bicentenary celebrations in Sefton’s East Parishes

2016 has been the year to celebrate the bicentenary of the completion of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. In Sefton’s East Parishes (Aintree Village, Melling, Maghull & Lydiate) we had a event on 18th June.

£9500 was raised by 3 of the 4 local parish councils (Melling had their own separate event), Sefton Council, the pride of Sefton Charity and the Rent-a-Space company to fund the celebrations.

Sadly, as we all know, the big day saw a massive rain storm in the afternoon but the celebrations went on anyway and a good time was had by all. Here are a few reminder photo’s:-

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Iain Brodie Brown - Mayor of Sefton at the celebrations

Iain Brodie Brown – Mayor of Sefton at the celebrations

Neatly lined up

Packed into Scrummies refreshment tent

Packed into Scrummies refreshment tent

Lining up for the Flotilla

Lining up for the Flotilla

So how was the money spent? £780 on portaloos, £480 on a Marquee [I remember sheltering in that!- Ed], £325 on the visiting hawks display, £1,700 on the stage, £500 on catering,, £964 on traffic management and of course many other items of expenditure that come along with such an event. And it all came within budget with a small amount to be returned to each of the funders I understand.

See you at the 400th year celebrations event!

Maghull – Canalfest almost became a swimming fest!

The organisers did a great job in the build up to yesterday’s celebrations and all was nicely set up for a grand day. Trouble is you can’t order the great British weather to turn up shinning and it turned up bucketing!

From 3pm it was very heavy rain but even so everyone seemed to be making the best of it and having fun. We certainly got wet and Scrummies refreshment marquee was full to bursting.

Packed into Scrummies refreshment tent

Packed into Scrummies refreshment tent

It was great to see all the barges, narrow boats and canal cruisers lined up along the edge of Maghull Cricket and Football field.

Neatly lined up

The Mayor of Sefton was in attendance (Iain Brodie Brown) and I wondered whether we could hastily organise a charity fund raising stall offering a prize for the person who could wring the most water out of the Mayor’s best suit!

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Why not visit Iain’s own Mayoral blog site for his thoughts on the day – see link below:-

themayoralblog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/congratulations-to-maghull-canal-fest.html

Our Maghull in Bloom colleagues tell me that they had a highly successful day raising over £1,000 to put towards improving the Maghull environment.

The Maghull in Bloom stall during setting up.

The Maghull in Bloom stall during setting up.

All in all a great day. We Brits know how to enjoy the rain whilst celebrating the 200th anniversary of the complete opening of the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Aintree Village – Before they set off for the Leeds Liverpool Canalfest

Yesterday canal narrow boats, barges and cruisers gathered by the dozen from just north of the Wango Lane swing bridge in Aintree Village ready for the flotilla that will reach Maghull Cricket Club’s ground around 2pm today. Here’s a shot of the gathering with the Pride of Sefton Trust’s barge in view:-

Lining up for the Flotilla

Lining up for the Flotilla

Today’s Canalfest celebrates the Bicentenary of the opening of the whole length of the Leeds Liverpool Canal which snakes it way through the Sefton East Parishes communities of Aintree Village, Melling, Maghull and Lydiate.

The photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Maghull – Getting ready for the Leeds Liverpool Canalfest tomorrow

Twenty or thirty canal boats must have passed the bottom of our garden this morning as they sailed south down the canal towards Aintree Village ready for the flotilla tomorrow.

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They were coming from Mersey Motorboat Club in Lydiate, Scarisbrick Marina and beyond to join in tomorrow’s celebrations of the 200 years since the Leeds Liverpool Canal was completed.

Some boat owners were even dressed in period costume and the continual line of boats looked like a practice run for the big day.

Sheila and I spoke to many of the boat owners who were clearly looking forward to the Canalfest on Maghull Cricket Club’s ground right next to the canal.

Here are a couple more shots of today’s run-past:-

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