The 2017 Open Weekend was somewhat impacted by Storm Brian, especially on Saturday when the weather was pretty grim and crowds understandably lower than hoped. Sunday however saw an improvement and the crowds flocked down to the Bonded Warehouse site in great numbers, estimated over the weekend to be in the order of 5000-8000 people, making the attendance overall another great success. Traders seemed to be doing plenty of business, there was a large selection of vintage vehicles to admire and chat to their proud owners, in excess of 100 canal boats were colourful and plentiful along the Stourbridge Arm whilst the ever popular steam engines continue to be a major attraction for the young and old – there’s something quite fascinating about these vehicles of yesteryear with that unmistakeable smell of smoke and steam and the thrill of the loud, shrill whistles!
As usual the beer tent was a focal point for many who enjoyed the ongoing entertainment and the selection of real ales.
Below is a small selection of photographs which record some aspects of the event – if anyone has any really good shots that they would be willing to share we would be pleased to receive them for potential publishing in the gallery on the website.
The event is done completely free to the public. It is run to promote the waterways and the historic building and to give something back to the local community each year.
Recognition and thanks of course should be extended not only to the brave undaunted visitors, traders and exhibitors but also to the volunteer workforce who planned the event, prepared the site, provided traffic management and cleared up after the event had concluded. The volunteers did get a welcome reward though – a free ice-cream courtesy of Vince’s ice-cream van, thanks for that !