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Rain mars Audlem

Extremes of weather made for some discomfort in the run-up to this year's Audlem Festival of Transport on 26th-28th July. Attended by 28 historic boats, the event was marred by weather too hot for enjoyable locking in the run-up, and too wet over the weekend, almost wiping out attendances by the general public.

Nevertheless Audlem has become a fixture on the historic boat tour, one of the half-dozen favourite gatherings for enthusiasts, and the crews still enjoyed themselves.

The Saturday hogroast at the lock cottage was abandoned during the downpours, but the Historic Narrow Boat Club found an alternative venue in marquees left up in a field after an earlier Ramblers Club annual picnic.

The attenders and organisers, all enjoyed the weekend, but the purpose was to put on a spectacle for the public, to remind them of this marvellous form of transport and wonderful setting, and the weather worked against this. Better luck next year!

Peter Silvester, Audlem Mill 

Monday 12 August  | Andrew Denny  | 2.18pm, Monday 12 August 2019

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