Boat Show 2009
June 27th -28th
It had been many years since we had last
visited the Braunston Historic Boat Show, on the Grand Union
Canal near the junction with the Oxford Canal. It just so
happened that Tim Coghlan, MD of Braunston Marina, gave a talk
to the Swindon Branch last Christmas time and mentioned this
fact. Struck by conscience we made application and were booked
We (John Minns, Keith Walker, Keith Dowding & I)
arrived there on the Friday afternoon and were allocated a
prominent spot outside the main marquee, near the beer tent, ice
cream van and burger bar. The tent was soon erected and we were
able to retire to the Mill House for a bit of lunch.
The weekend was very busy, surprisingly so. The
visitors were not to be disappointed. There were 84 historic
boats on show and they paraded twice a day; no mean feat in the
confined waterway. The weekend, although overcast, was very,
very hot. There was a lot of interest shown in our project and
several possible new recruits.
Normally be have to pay to attend some of these events; this
one was free. Even better we were presented with a cheque for
£200 by Sonia Rolt. This was part of the profit made by the
event, all of which is donated to local charities and attending
It was a very enjoyable weekend, and thanks to Johns
instinct for the weather we had everything loaded into the car
on Sunday evening just minutes before the heavens opened. So the
marquee came home dry!
Just in case there is someone who doesn't know who
Sonia Rolt is: Sonia was one of the "Idle Women", from the
Second World War, who crewed some of the working narrow boats.
After the war she married Tom Rolt (co-founder of the IWA).
Sonia is a totally dedicated waterways campaigner. We thank her.
Here are just a few pictures.......