Linlithgow Canal Fun Day 2012 was held on 19 August.
It featured a variety of activities with stalls, ‘Punch & Judy’ shows, canal boat trips, folk music, exhibits and a demonstration by the ‘International Rescue Corp’. They came in very useful for the most popular event, the ‘Cardboard Boat Race’.
At the outset it was calm and tranquil.
The Linlithgow Gala Queen arrived in style on board ‘Victoria’, at the head of a flotilla, to cut the ribbon and get the proceedings under way.
The local folk band were on hand with some nostalgic tunes.
Fluffy ‘yellow ducklings’ waddled around with cardboard boat preparations progressing in the background.
The International Rescue Corp gave a timely demonstration of how to be rescued.
Crowds gathered for the main highlight of the event, the Cardboard Boat Race.
The idea was to stay afloat, if possible.
Darth Vader arrived with the Lowport Centre spaceship.
My favourite for its well constructed, canoe like design but with a quirky twist was the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ complete with a working rotating paddle that actively contributed to the navigation.
The idea was to paddle out to the two ducks, aptly named Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis, place a medal around one the ducks necks and return as quickly as possible. Mo gained the most medals, probably due to being closest to the start and finish line.
I loved the spirit of fun of the whole event but two little girls paddling as fast as they could aboard ‘Piglet 1st’ with big smiles on their faces stole the show for me. I wonder if we will be cheering them on, perhaps in the 2020 or 2024 Olympics.
Linlithgow’s tribute to Olympic Team GB unfortunately sunk before it got started.
It started to rain. Not sure who got the most wet, the participants or the spectators?
If I understood correctly, a floating cardboard wardrobe won the speed category with a similar design to their winning entry last year.
With even heavier rain, the crowd melted away.
Great day out though.
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