It's a good way to spend a few hours exploring all the wonders of brand new machinery, shiny gadgets and chandlery pieces on display. We had a look on a dutch barge "Blue Belle", somehow the copious space inside looks more than twice that available on a narrowboat. Ray and I had engine room envy while sitting comfortably in a cavernous space under the wheelhouse deck while our host explained all the systems. This boat had me dreaming of disappearing down the Canal Du Midi, after a jackpot lottery win.
In the evening we all went to the entertainment marquee to see Toyah Willcox, and later Sean Cannon the front man for the Dubliners. Sue and Diane fought their way to the front of the assembled crowd to throw a few shapes to "I want to be free". We eventually met up with my brother Bob and Marilyn who had driven up from home to visit the inland water show for the first time, the lack of phone or data signal in the area meant we missed each other for most of the day.
|Bob & Andy|
|Sue Diane & Marilyn|
|Ray Sue Diane Marilyn Andy & Bob|
We all re-assembled back in the marquee for a Roy Orbison & Travelling Wilburys tribute acts, the R.O. songs were disappointing at first but got better later in the show, the Wilbury's were very good. Sue and I stayed for the final act, a blues band, but left half way through the first song.