Category Archives: North West

Kennet re-launches to the Public

River Cargo Boat Kennet

 Kennet will be at  Burscough Heritage Week and will be open to the public on 23rd and 24th June at her relaunch.

Kennet is owned by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society and has a permanent mooring at Greenberfield Top Lock, in Lancashire close to the border with Yorkshire and is on the National Register of Historic Vessels.  The boat is a river class, cargo carrying Leeds &Liverpool Canal Short Boat which was built for Canal Transport Limited in 1947 by Yarwoods of Northwich.

The Kennet Project’s purpose is to create an Interactive Museum using the Heritage Short Boat Kennet to travel the 127 miles of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, taking heritage and learning to local communities in the same way as the cargoes of old enabled industry to develop these communities.  The Project is being managed by a Working Group under the guidance of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society.

For more information:

Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society

Burscough Heritage Week

Friends of the Kennet


Bill Bleasdale to be remembered

The Bridgewater Canal Trust asked the public in March of this year to nominate local heroes to be represented on a portrait bench to be installed on the Sale to Stretford branch of the canal.  Bill Bleasdale, a founder member of the Watch House Cruising club, who passed away in 2008, will be one of the local heroes recognised on the bench. The cutting below, from the Trafford Metro News of Friday 21st May, explains the project.

Bill Bleasdale is a local hero

Federation of Bridgewater Cruising Clubs 46th Annual Rally

Crews getting a soaking playing the Commodores games

Crews getting a soaking

Boat crews from Worsley to Runcorn all made their way to the heart of Lymm  village to celebrate the 46th annual rally of the Federation of Bridgewater Cruising Clubs. Over 220 boats attended for a weekend of fun, meeting old friends and with non -stop entertainment for all of the weekend. This year the rally was hosted by Lymm Cruising Club and took twelve months in the planning. Boat crews dressed themselves and their boats in the theme of the ‘circus’ this meant lots of clowns walking around and with the big marquee decorated to match and it proved to be a very colourful weekend.

The Saturday weather held out as everyone watched the dog show, the Commodore’s games (not for the faint hearted as this meant getting soaked with water) and listened to Lymm Samba Band, and the Chadderton Brass Band. After live entertainment in the evening the boaters watched illuminated boats compete for the Coupe de Lumiere Trophy when they sailed through Lymm Village all ablaze with thousands of lights giving a fantastic display to all that watched.

Sunday being the highlight of the weekend started with a church service in the marquee followed by an Official Sail-past including the Mayor of Warrington and the Mayoress, Mr. Mike Webb and his wife, from the Bridgewater Canal Co., also representatives from British Waterways, the Inland Waterways Association, the Association of Waterways Cruising Clubs, the Officials of the Federation of Bridgewater Cruising Clubs and Canal Watch.  Over the years the Federation have been very active on the issues which affect boating on the Bridgewater Canal they are involved with Canal Watch, Bridgewater Canal Users Group, the Association of Waterways Cruising Clubs and the Inland Waterways Association.

You can see more of their rally pictures on

All photos © Duggie Wildman 2009