Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Carnival time

IMG_4414We pulled pins from our mooring below Bilsborrow at 07.45 . We are meant to be taking it easy and chilling out with some rest days and late starts  . but someone told us about a festival at Garstang that was well worth visiting . After using the services to fill with water and empty waste we had an uneventful but enjoyable cruise to Garstang and managed to pick up a mooring just before this Aqueduct.

This is The Wyre Aqueduct which believe it or not carries the canal over the River Wyre and is a single span aqueduct that was completed in 1797 and was designed by the great man himself John Rennie . It carries the canal 110 feet over and 34 feet over The river Wyre.

IMG_4402We then made the short walk up into the town after arriving only for the heavens to open just as the festival was starting at 11.30 . They call it a festival but it was more like a carnival where after crowning the Garstang Queen a carnival with Bands ,floats and walking groups of kids marched twice around the town.

IMG_4406These guys were great and the man leading them with the umbrella was so funny.

IMG_4399We also were entertained by several local brass bands .

IMG_4407We even had a pipe band who sounded brilliant.

In the end the rain didn’t seem to put anyone off and everybody we spoke to said they had thoroughly enjoyed the experience just like we had.

IMG_4416Luckily in the afternoon the rain stopped and we went over to the park to watch the finals of the junior soccer tournament. There were a few very talented youngsters playing . We had a great day and found the people of Garstang so friendly and welcoming to us ,there’s certainly a lot of community spirit here . This is a place that we will stop at again when we come back down this way in a week or so’s time.

                                                                                                        Happy Days

1 comment:

  1. All looked very nice. Iwould have loved all those bands x