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27th May, 2022

PICTURE SPECIAL- St Richard's Canal Festival makes its return in Droitwich

Tristan Harris 11th May, 2022 Updated: 11th May, 2022

CROWDS flocked to Droitwich over the bank holiday weekend as the St Richard’s Canal Festival made its long-awaited return.

Picture by Marcus Mingins 1822003MMR8 copyright Bullivant Media

The event – organised by The Worcester-Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society with support from Wychavon District Council and Droitwich Town Council – saw a variety of entertainment and activities take place from April 30 to May 2, including real ale bars, music and boat trips.

It culminated on Monday afternoon with The Great Droitwich Duck Race which completely sold out and raised £1,000 for the canal society.

Picture by Marcus Mingins 1822003MMR1 copyright Bullivant Media

The charity is in the process of restoring its community narrowboat Cecilia to its former glory.

Work already carried out includes repairs, a new floor – totalling £10,000, removing bedrooms and installing seating so children and young people have a space to carry out their activities during trips.

Picture by Marcus Mingins 1822003MMR7 copyright Bullivant Media

The next stage will be to have the boat – which is staffed entirely by the society’s volunteers – repainted.

Tony Brannon, a member of The Worcester-Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society committee said: “The festival went really well – as well as the duck race selling out, the entertainment was spot-on.

“We have already booked two of the bands for next year’s event and it we are now ‘full steam ahead’ with planning for St Richard’s Festival 2023.”

Visit strichardsfestival.co.uk for further details on the festival.

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