Pennine Explorer Cruise – Slaithwaite in the Rain

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Wall to wall water didn’t stop the 12 boats descending the locks to Slaithwaite today and judging by the evening gathering at the Swan pub it didn’t dampen their spirits.

‘Too much water’ on the Huddersfield Narrow was the surprise verdict as boaters gathered for an evening of song and dance after a day of non-stop rain. David at the Swan had put out the bunting to welcome us, Thieving Magpies and Slubbing Billy morris sides entertained us outside, and Enoch’s Hammer folk group continued the musical entertainment in the cosy lounge for the rest of the evening. The cruise’s own bard, Ray Butler from Owl recited a number of verses on canal themes, many learnt during his time on the legendary BCN (Birmingham Canal Navigations to the uninitiated) and a good time was had by all. Thanks go to all the musicians and dancers, the landlord and his staff and not to forget, Ali, Peter, Graham, Eric,  Jean and Martin who helped on the 21 locks down from the summit.

Slaithwaite moorings full up

Thieving Magpies defy the weather

Some of the Pennine Explorers assemble in the Swan together with Peter and Tricia in the corner from HCS

Enoch’s Hammer go through their repertoire – note the PE notice board!

Ray Butler declaims his lines

Tomorrow we run down to Milnsbridge….

All Photos – Alan Stopher

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