By Bill Smith
11 miles – 5 bridges – 2 locks. Approximate cruising time: 5 hours.
Boats: Blossom, Fleur, Jenny Wren, Jonathan Puddle, Ladybird, Lazy B, Rushton Lady, Tin Lizzy and Wea-Ry-Tired
Two boats decided to go on Thursday, Wea-Ry-Tired and Tin Lizzie. They started off about ten and arrived just before 5pm. It was a cold and windy start, but the sun came out later and they had a good trip. They stopped once at the wharf in Burscough for a tea break in the friendly café, situated in the square.
First in, last out
When they arrived at Crooke the main marque, bar and stage were being erected. Two narrow boats were already moored alongside the Crooke Hall Inn garden and that were sorting out their coloured lights and bunting.
More club boats started arriving and after supper they were entertained by the Wigan Ukulele Club, which two of our fellow members belong to, Stef and Phil on Blossom. This was followed by a band and a singer, which continued till 10.30pm. The weather was perfect and there was as many eating and drinking outside the large range of festival beers and ciders that were on offer, which gave the festival a garden party feel.
That evening we also found out that we have someone with hidden talents. A real ‘Pole Dancer’, and it was only by chance the Marquee managed to stay up. Seriously, it was a great day and evening and enjoyed by all who came. So don’t miss it next year.
Bridge club 27a members met for a photo shoot, along with a Barrel of the Best, which had been kindly donated to the charity by Mike, our Common Door. Copies of the pictures (I’ve been told) were sent to Towpath Talk.
Even more members’ boats arrived, and the live music was endured…
Oops!! Sorry, enjoyed by all. It was a great afternoon and evening with some eating and drinking the various real ales, cider and food on offer, outside, while others watched or danced to the live music inside the marque. The atmosphere inside was so good, some old sod belonging to our club even had a dance with our Pole dancer. Which I believe has been recorded on Facebook!
Dance the night away
Again the weather was perfect. Some went for walks or chatted on various boats, while others listened to the music. The Feckin Eejits opened the final session and again our two members, Stef and Phil, where on stage, and they brought the house down with their rendition of Maggie May.
It was late afternoon when the last band closed the Festival. They were so good they were invited back again next year, to the cheers of the dwindling crowd inside.
The event had raise around £2,000 pounds for the charity.
Dressed in water proofs the last three boats (Blossom, Tin Lizzy and Wea-Ry-Tired) make their way back to the marina.