THOUSANDS of people descended on Droitwich Spa over the weekend for the annual St Richard’s Canal Festival which this year celebrated the 46th anniversary of the town’s waterways restoration.
The event, which ran from Friday to bank holiday Monday in Vines Park, was held to celebrate the patron saint of Droitwich St Richard de Wych.
It was officially opened on the Saturday with the blessing of the Upwich Brine Pit and an announcement by Droitwich Town Crier Edgar Harwood.
During the four days there were plenty of activities for all the family, including historic re-enactments, performances from local choirs, bands and solo artists and market stalls selling clothing fruit and vegetables, children’s toys and community advice.
The Great Droitwich Duck Race took place on Monday afternoon, there was a dog show on Saturday and visitors got to see a large display of boats, historic static engines and the new Pamela May II narrowboat.
A large display of boats, including historic static engines, will be moored on the canal in Vines Park, as well as the all new ‘Pamela May ll’ which will be operating trips throughout the weekend.
The event was organised by Worcester, Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society with the help of Wychavon District Council.
Steve Knight, marketing and events officer at Wychavon District Council, said: “We had a great turnout for The St Richard’s Canal Festival over the weekend, with thousands of people flocking to Vines Park to enjoy the ever popular event.
“This year, we welcomed the return of the Great Droitwich Duck Race, the Blessing of the Upwich Brine Pit and of course, we enjoyed the new Pamela May.
“The event is an opportunity to invite local residents and new visitors to enjoy our beautiful spa town and its rich history.”