Union 10 Canal Anniversary Celebration
On the weekend of 24-26 September 2010, approximately 60 vessels made the journey from Edinburgh Quay to Falkirk Wheel, to celebrate 10 years since the Union Canal re-opened.
The images in this gallery were taken as the flotilla arrived at Falkirk and progressed through the locks and onto the completely unique engineering marvel, the world’s only rotating boatlift, the Falkirk Wheel. The flotilla comprised narrowboats in all their varied decorations, many with additional festoons for the occasion, some other cruisers and some Edwardian steam launches.
The Falkirk Wheel venue was crowded as it hosted numerous activities to welcome the flotilla, including a variety of music, stalls, a sponsored “Teddy Bear Parachute Jump” for Seagull Trust Cruises and various other entertainments. Unfortunately, while the flotilla arrived in plenty time, a fault with the computer system at the top lock impeded progress and most of the vessels were held up in a massive jam for most of the afternoon.
Fortunately there were few instances of boat rage and most enjoyed the carnival atmosphere. I’d like to say they enjoyed the fresh air too but fumes from steam boats and smoky diesels was decidedly choking at times.
It was a great day out and there were cameras clicking everywhere.
All the photographs were taken by Livingston photographer Norman Young and are copyright ©. Please respect copyright.