Saturday, 15 October 2016

By bus to the boat show

Boats stretched for half a mile along the Town Arm
It's the Open Weekend rally of boats at the Bonded Warehouse in Stourbridge today so we thought we'd go. By bus.
We are moored in pretty Kinver and a weekend in the country mixed with an afternoon at the Stourbridge Town Arm seemed the best of both worlds.
Foden steam lorry with Bonded Warehouse behind
The Grade II Listed Bonded Warehouse dates back to the origins of the canal, being built in 1799. It and the local canal are now run by a Trust after it was saved from demolition and restored in the 1980s. Since then the annual Open Weekend has been a big fund raising event. And on a day so sunny and warm it felt like July not October, the crowds turned out to enjoy themselves – among them C&RT chief exec, Richard Parry.
Richard Parry, boss of C&RT arrives by boat
Joining the boats were colourful traction engines and classic cars and bikes, including a 1930s MG just like the one I bought for £100 and sold for seventy quid, many (very many) years ago. Add at least two zeroes to that price now!

A Foden road roller
And a fab fairground engine from Burrell's of Thetford
Elegant Triumph Roadster complete with dickey seat
MG TA - I owned one just like it a long, long time ago
Mrs B models her new hat

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