There will be plenty of messing about on the water in the Thames Valley over the next few days. Thousands of people are expected at Reading's Water Festival tomorrow before the show moves upstream to Newbury the following weekend.
The festivals are a celebration of our waterway towns. And this year the charity that saved the Kennet and Avon canal from closure, has particular cause to celebrate. Penny Silvester reports
Interviewees: Clive Cox, volunteer; Caroline Boughton, volunteer and Rob Dean, Kennet and Avon Canal.
Video. Preparations are underway for Reading's Water Festival which takes place on Saturday. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event as it winds its way through the town. There will be three parades, stalls and live music.
Fire and water certainly did't mix today as the Olympic torch was extinguished while travelling on a white-water raft.
Torchbearer Zac Franklin was holding the torch when it went out. He talked to us about Olympic shame, amazing crowds and that technical hitch.
Richard Aylard of Thames Water says its hosepipe ban will be lifted from midnight tonight but has urged customers to use water carefully.
Thames Water, Anglian Water and Southern Water have announced that from Thursday, they are lifting the hosepipe bans that were brought in to combat drought in April. They say heavy rain over the last three months has improved water levels in reservoirs.