(Boat Sickle - posted by Cath, some photos added by Alan, but still "work in progress")
|Polishing brasses - Photo: Rob Boler|
|"Vikings" - Photo: Diane Whitby|
|Less well armed "Vikings" - and Odin, God of War|
However, Odin was still very ill when we were approached, and we didn't know whether we would be able to go to the Festival, so we sent a holding e-mail, and waited to see how he was doing.
|We set off.|
|The smoke and the high "prow" made steering "interesting".|
Saturday 14th June
|About to land outside the Museum.|
|A quieter moment - Photo Diane Whitby|
It was huge fun. The vikings were very impressive - yelling 'Give us your gold, all your gold' and 'Odin' (of course!) The people on the towpath followed us along, taking photos, and as we got to the museum there was a big crowd attracted by the noise and smoke.
I was on the front deck, with four warriors, signalling to Alan who was steering because with the prow and smoke he couldn't actually see where we were going very well.
|Canal and River Trust CEO Richard Parry chats to Cath|
Sunday 15th June
(Pictures to follow, hopefully!)
Well, we did the same thing on the Sunday, but this time it was even more fun. All the boaters on the historic boats had seen the performance the previous day, and had time to think about what they were going to do as we came past.
We were yelled at, had many boat 'short shafts' shaken at us - one from the passing trip boat, klaxons and horns were sounded, and we were soundly repelled through a megaphone. The owners of Purton threw buckets of water over us, and threatened us with a very large mooring hammer.
I really hope that it helped to raise money for the museum. I had a great time, and would happily do something similar again, given the opportunity.
There is also an excellent Flickr album of the festivities taken by Lynda Payton here.
The "Friends of the Canal Museum's own page for the event is here, and contains links to further photos and videos.