The weather was for once favourable on 20th/21st October for the Stourbridge Navigation Trust’s 2018 Open Weekend down at the Bonded Warehouse in Canal Street where thousands of visitors enjoyed a wonderful weekend of a wide variety of colourful entertainment in Autumnal sunshine.
Around 80 canal boats descended onto the Stourbridge Arm Canal for the event which also included a classic car display, steam engines, amusements, canal boat trips, a fairground organ, for the first time a hog-roast as well as other food outlets, a busy outdoor bar and a craft fair in the Bonded Warehouse. Music was also a theme of the Open Weekend with some quality bands rocking the enthusiastic audience near the bar.
Stourbridge Navigation Trustee Chris Dyche hailed the event a big success and said “it was a delight to see thousands of local people enjoying all of the amenities which our canal side conservation area has to offer“.
The event was attended by The Mayor of Dudley, Cllr Alan Taylor and his wife Winifred who arrived on the Blackcountry Man boat together with Dudley South MP Mike Wood and ‘top brass’ from the Canal and River Trust.
Chris Dyche went on to add “Our objective at SNT is always to promote Stourbridge’s waterway and its environs for the benefit of everyone. The Trust is now gearing up for its seasonal annual Santa boat trips – Festive waterways outings with Santa will run throughout the day on the 15th/16th December, 22nd/23rd December and on the afternoon of Friday 21st December. Tickets priced at £9 each are now on sale – call 01384 395216 to book your places.”
Stourbridge Navigation Trust would like to thank everyone involved with or attending the Open Weekend for making the event a great success – boaters, musicians, stallholders, vintage car owners, food retailers, bar staff, our volunteers, Stourbridge Army Cadets and of course the local community as a whole who turned up in fine weather in their thousands made the event memorable and Stourbridge proud.