All aboard for the Canal Festival

A total of 130 boats and 60 stands, displays and attractions are expected to take part in the Pelsall Canal Festival this weekend.

The festival, organised by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society, takes place at Pelsall Wood Common, off Wood Lane, on Saturday June 11 and Sunday, June 12.

Ivor Caplan, secretary of the society, said the event will enable visitors to learn more about their local canals from the BCN Society, Inland Waterways Association and Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.

They will also have a chance to get on the water on a boat trip or have a go at canoeing.

For landlubbers, there will be classic car displays.

“Everything is being set up now and it promises to be a great event,” he said.

“It will be a good day out for all the family.”

The event will be opened by the Mayor of Walsall, Pelsall councillor Garry Perry at 11am on Saturday and by the town’s unofficial town crier, Cyril Richardson.

Entry and parking is free to the public. Access is via Highfield Road North.

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