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Thousands turn out to enjoy the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering in Lichfield

Thousands of people turned out to enjoy the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering at the weekend.

Historic narrowboats at the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering

Historic narrowboats at the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering

The canal festival, which is organised by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club, saw around 50 historic narrowboats, floating traders and private boats moored alongside the towpath, plus a range of attractions including local musicians playing on the main stage, classic cars, buskers and an arena.

The event was opened by Conservative MP and trust patron Michael Fabricant.

Christine Bull, chairperson of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, said: “It’s been a huge success with this year’s gathering being bigger and better than ever before.

“We’ve had more attractions and more people attending, coming from far and wide to enjoy the festivities. Some travelled from Wales and even from as far as Ohio, USA.

“We have been overwhelmed by everyone’s support, not only by coming along but by supporting the Trust’s urgent need to raise £1m for the Tunnel Vision appeal, which will allow the restored Lichfield Canal to go under the mainline railway on the southern edge of Lichfield.”

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