Another successful Friends Annual Lockwind took place on the 17th and 18th August at New Marton top lock on the Llangollen Canal. Weather prospects were uncertain and although coolish overall, with some light drizzle, boating families and friends appreciated the guidance through the lock and homemade goodies and merchandise on offer.
The event takes place due to the generosity, support (including additional cakes!) of the lock cottage owners Linda & Roger Butler who often know some of the more regular boaters and often boost our funds by continuing to sell cakes during the evening of Day 1!
Over both days 96 boats traversed the lock, much cake and homemade jam was sold, along with some sundry canal-related items. Together with generous donations this totalled over £620 being raised towards the Monty’s restoration coffers. People’s generosity was greatly appreciated, especially in light of current cost of living pressures.
Last year, international travel was virtually halted, due to the global Covid 19 pandemic response. This was reflected in many staycations and first time narrowboaters.
This year, we were very glad to welcome five boats manned by North Americans, (one was a mixed Israeli-American family party), one Danish group of friends, a New Zealand family, two families from Germany and an Irish family. We were also able to chat with fascinating folk from Scotland, South Wales, Essex, Loughborough, Leicester, Liverpool, Surrey and the North East.
Thanks must go to those who supported committee members, Alan B, Barbara, Izzy, Jen, Mark, Pam and Rich, all of whom provided invaluable help.