November 2019 will see the 250th anniversary of the canal reaching Birmingham. This was an important event in the making of the city as an industrial centre.
To commemorate this landmark event the BCN Society is organising a cruise into Birmingham on Saturday 2nd November starting from Windmill End at 8am with the intention of arriving in the centre of Birmingham at midday.
Boats can join in at intermediate points or if they are coming from other directions such as the Birmingham and Fazeley or Worcester and Birmingham Canal pass through the city centre then wait on the Wolverhampton side of St Vincent Street bridge for the main convoy of boats.
After the midday celebration at Old Turn boats can parade around to Cambrian Wharf or through Gas St Basin winding by the Mailbox.
CRT have promised to reserve moorings along the Oozells Street loop and on the main line. However it would help if boats breast up to allow everyone to moor together.
In the evening entertainment has been organised in the Crescent Theatre, tickets for this are needed and the boat entry will include this providing access to the studio theatre and bar. As numbers are limited to the capticity of the theatre early entry is recommended.
On the Sunday we will disperse with boats cruising along the Icknield Port and Winson Green loops, the original line of the canal.
A hard copy of the entry form can be ontained by writing to Martin O’Keefe, 10 Meadowcrroft, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1BD, to whom completed forms should be returned. If you want an electronic copy (which you will need to print off and post back to Martin) email firstname.lastname@example.org