RETRO on the Water co-ordinator Tony Aldridge is seeking interesting and historical boats to take part in the new event at Gloucester Docks during the August bank holiday weekend.
He would particularly like a well decorated working pair to go with a traditional sailing barge that would have met each other transhipping in Gloucester Docks.
Tony writes: I am pleased to advise you of a new waterways event, in the centre of Gloucester Docks. There has been a major event in Gloucester since 2014, Gloucester goes Retro, attracting thousands of visitors and hundreds of classic cars. This includes live music, street entertainment, competitions, fancy dress, Retro Fashion into the Docks – on Saturday, August 27. (gloucestergoesretro.com)
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New for 2022 is Retro on the Water with a variety of interesting and historic boats, stalls from key local waterways societies, competitions for Best Dressed Boat and Best Pirate Dog. Boat trips include a 100-year-old tender to RMS Mauritania and Dunkirk Little Ship, Queen Boadicea II.
Events on the water include paddling displays, model sailing boats, radio-controlled models, display by SARA (Severn Area Rescue Association) and by the Sea Cadets. The event starts at 10am Saturday and Sunday.
Moorings in the main Gloucester Dock will be restricted to invited participating boats, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you have an interesting historic boat and would like to be involved. Moorings for visiting boats will be available south of Llanthony bridge, or visit by car or train.
Tony adds: This is an interesting development; 51 years ago I was organising canal rallies in the centre of Coventry with approximately 120 boats, steam gallopers etc trying to keep the 5.5 open, and inviting dignitaries like Sir Frank Price and local people to appreciate their canal feature.
In 1973 and 1974 we attended the IWA rallies in Gloucester on a similar campaign basis, now I am being invited by city councillors to publicise the regeneration and attractive docks in Gloucester to boaters.
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