We are pleased to be holding a rally to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the ECP&DA and also the 45th anniversary of the reopening of the Great Northern Basin over Spring Bank Holiday weekend 26-28th May 2018, we hope that around 100 boats will be moored along the Erewash Canal and in the Great Northern Basin, Langley Mill NG16 4AA
The rally will have an array of attractions providing a free fun day out for all the family. Many boats including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrow boats are expected and there will be a wide range of stalls and activities plus a real ale beer tent on site.
The rally is free to the public between 10:00 and 16:30 over the three days. The Opening Ceremony is on Saturday 26th May at 11:00am by ECP&DA President Jim Stevenson, with entertainment from the Long Eaton Silver Prize Band.
Breaking News - we have secured Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) flypasts for our rally!
Saturday 26th May a Spitfire
Sunday 27th May a Hurricane
Monday 28th May a Hurricane
Trade Boats (fully booked):
Flavoursafloat - Origin Coffee Beans & Ground Roast Coffees, Flavoured Coffees & Speciality Teas & associated gifts. Product only - we do not serve drinks.
Reverie Canal Trading Co - Bespoke metal fabrication & natural wax candles, hand crafted aboard our historic narrowboat butty Lyra.
Roger Witham (n/b Blue Belle) - Original Paintings, Drawings and greetings cards.
NB Lollipop - The floating sweet shop and is now also The Ironmongers Boat
The Ice Cream boat (n/b Tupelo) - selling ice creams, waffles and soup.
The Pen Makers Boat (n/b Lois Jane) - hand turning and selling Ballpoint, Rollerball and Fountain Pens.
NB Kernow - selling art and jewellery.
Towpath Tipples (n/b Angelwood) - fruit wines and ciders sold in sealed containers.
LDK Print and Embroidery - selling personalised mugs, mousemats, keyrings and embroidered gifts
RNLI (L/E branch); Historic Narrow Boat Club; ECP&DA; Smiths Creamland Ices; Barlow's Catering; Face Painter; WoW (Wild over Water) - am only & St. Andrews Church - pm only (children's activities); Canal & River Trust (C&RT); Friends of the Cromford Canal; Jewel Box; Velvet Art Studio; Fudge Stall; Lace ribbon plates and Collectables; Derby & Sandiacre Canal; M&N Accessories - jewellery & henna tattoos; Chesterfield Canal Trust; Wizards Workshop - crochet blankets, purses, bags, jewellery, necklaces, bracelets, baby cardigans; Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society (Saturday only); R&M Daniel - Toys, Gifts, Garden Sundries; Dayna's Snowy Cones; Something Different: decorated glasses, bottles, candles, light up bottles etc
Stalls in the Marquee
Sleaford Navigation Trust; Gwyneth Morley's handmade greetings cards etc; TJR Arts and Crafts - hand-crafted key fobs; Heather Howe - Painted canal ware, antique lace edged plates, reproduction Measham ware
And more stalls just booked in!
Real Ale Bar open 12:00 to 16:00 daily (plus ciders, various wines and kiddies pop)
Chesterfield Canal Trust's new wooden Cuckoo Boat - Dawn Rose
Miniature Steam Engines - 4 inch scale model of a Burrell agricultural engine and a scale model Foden SWB wagon
Woodies Wings - close encounters of the feathered kind - owls and parrots
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Steam Roller at the Pumping Station
Historic Boats attending - some of these will be displayed in Langley Mill Basin:
Fellows Morton & Clayton's (FMC) Joshers - Trout (built 1936); Dove (built 1925); Python (built 1929); Plover (built 1915); Water Lily - originally the front half of Kestrel (built 1928); Cactus (built 1935)
Grand Union Canal Carrying Company (GUCCCo) - Small Northwich Star Class butty Lyra (built 1935)(see trade boats), Star Class motors Enceladus (built 1935) and Corolla (built 1935); Town Class motors Chertsey (built 1937), Purton (built 1936), Bath (built 1936), Aldgate (built 1936), Stanton (built 1936) and Hadley (built 1937); Large Northwich motor Whitby (built 1937)
Stewarts & Lloyds Tug No.2 (built 1935) in 1940 previously owned by and worked for Stanton Ironworks as Stanton No.51 on the Erewash Canal
London, Midland Scottish Railway Co. (LMS) Station Boat Tebay
There will be three nights of evening entertainment (access only via wrist bands) and much more for boats/campers/exhibitors, full details will be in your boaters pack.
Please note that this anniversary rally and all ECP&DA events are organised and run entirely by volunteers.
Page Updated 18/05/2018