Meet 45 riverboats and vintage cars for a special day of fun

Barry Johnson aboard ‘White Locks’ enjoying the Stourbridge Navigation Trust Open Weekend.

Canal enthusiasts flocked to the event at the Canal Street Bonded Warehouse and along the Stourbridge town arm of the canal for lots of fun.

In addition to the gathering of around 45 boats, there was a carnival, craft stalls, a real beer bar and a display of vintage vehicles.

There were around 22 vintage cars on display over the two days, including a road wagon, while vintage ice cream vans kept guests refreshed.

Radiant merchants also engaged with the public, showcasing the best of local businesses.

Stalls included Baked by Chloe – run by a 20-year-old Dudley-based baker – and Elle & Kate Bows, selling handmade colored hair bows.

Also in attendance were Salvaged with Style, which makes one-of-a-kind pieces from upcycled products, and Chasing the Boats, with puzzles and calendars showcasing the work of waterway photographer Kev Maslin.

He makes a welcome return for the free event after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Trust Director Heidi Barratt said: “It was fantastic, a great event. Everyone is happy and we had great weather.

“It’s nice to have him back after the pandemic and all the merchants are really happy.”

Stourbridge Navigation Trust is backed by The Canal and River Trust, which looks after a 2,000-mile-long and 200-year-old network of canals, rivers, reservoirs and quays.

Earnest A. Martinez