|A boat and butty pair of Joshers lined up for the show|
|Massive, rumbling, steam whistle blowing marvels|
We arrived at Lymm a couple of days ago in the middle of a line of historic working boats. We even followed one through a tunnel on the way and nearly died of asphyxiation from its smoking Bolinder. It would have been a glorious way to go, listening to the off-beat thumpety-thump of the Bolinder echoing round the tunnel walls.
|This curvaceous Cadillac was a star of the show|
It's well organised but free and easy. When it comes to wheels, well pretty much anything goes. From penny farthing bicycles to Ferraris, from scooters to Cadillacs. If it's stood the test of time, it's in – even if it's an Austin Princess. How many of those can there be!
|Well somebody loves this Austin Princess|
There were scooters brought by ageing mods, still sporting the remnants of mod hairdoes and some fascinating bicycles - including one which went forwards in high gear when you pedalled backwards and in low gear when you pedalled forwards. Honest.
|The Hetchins and Witcomb bikes are worth more than the MGB|
And in case you're thinking this is a bit of a bloke-fest, Mrs B and our visiting 'northern daughter' both enjoyed it thoroughly. An Alpine A110 or a pale blue and cream Zodiac convertible might sit nicely on a certain northern driveway.
|Rock on: chrome trim, vinyl seats, bright colours|
|What a delectable little thing: the Alpine A110|
Now the Bridgewater is a wide canal and that means you get wide boats as well as narrow ones. And they don't come much wider than Parbella, a historic Duker which used to carry maize from Liverpool docks to the Kellogs cornflakes factory on the canal in Manchester.
|You don't argue when Parbella is coming towards you|
|Terry steers us through the organised chaos of the parade|
It was great being part of the show - on the stage (albeit as a bit part player) for a change rather than in the audience.
Thanks Terry and Tina and thank you Lymm organisers for a great event.
Now, I wonder where we can find a working boat...