PRESS RELEASE: Record Breaking Attendance at IWA’s Canalway Cavalcade 2014
Issue date: 6th May 2014
Record numbers of people came out to enjoy the colourful spectacle and fun of The Inland Waterways Association’s (IWA) 2014 Canalway Cavalcade over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend at Little Venice in London.
Over 130 boats attended, including a Dutch barge, Azolla, owned by Graeme Heap. She celebrated her 100th birthday at Cavalcade, en route to her birthplace in the Netherlands.
At the Opening Ceremony on Saturday afternoon Libby Bradshaw, Events Manager on the organising committee, introduced Richard Parry, Chief Executive of the Canal & River Trust, and Les Etheridge, National Chairman of IWA. Both emphasised the value of the waterways, the work already achieved and the necessity to continue the job of preserving them. They also stressed the need for more volunteers, not only to work to restore the waterways, but to assist in the organising of such successful events as Canalway Cavalcade.
Councillor Sarah Richardson, Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster, welcomed everybody and thanked IWA for putting on the event. As has become the tradition at Cavalcade, she then rang the ship’s bell to officially open the festival.
The pageant, after the opening ceremony, and procession of illuminated boats on Sunday evening were very well attended with some remarkable constructions including Nelson’s Column, a replica Boris with one of his bikes and some guards from the Trooping of the Colour. There was a wonderful atmosphere amongst the crowds, throughout the three days of the festival.
The awards were presented by John Edmonds, Vice President of London Region IWA, on Monday afternoon and all the waterborne competitions and processions were supported by British Land.