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'Flying' boats dropping in for Waterways Festival

A B Tuckey Boat Transport Service is pictured craning ABC Leisure’s 72ft-long ‘Dawn Til Dusk’ narrowboat. Credit: Francis Wilson Photography

It's not a sight you see every day - a 35-tonne narrowboat suspended 20 feet up in the air.

Twenty narrowboats are being craned into Crick Marina, near Daventry in Northamptonshire, as part of preparations for the 16th Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival being held over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Crick Boat Show & Waterways Festival showcases the inland waterways industry with more than 250 exhibitors from across the canal world.

It is expected to attract 25,000 people over the three show days.

"Crick Boat Show is the number one boat show at the heart of the waterway network. Whether people are boating enthusiasts, looking to buy boating products and services, or just looking for a great family day out by the water, there’s lots to see and do at Crick Boat Show, set in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, alongside the Grand Union Canal.”

– Peter Johns, Publisher of Waterways World & Show Director

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads re-branded as the Broads National Park

The Norfolk & Suffolk Broads will become the Broads National Park. Credit: Paul Sutcliffe

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads will be known as the Broads National Park following a landmark decision by the Broads Authority.

The authority voted by an overwhelming majority to brand the area as a National Park after 79% of people it consulted approved the proposal.

Chief Executive of the Broads Authority John Packman said he was “absolutely delighted” that the area would benefit from being clearly identified as a National Park.

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