This article follows on from the last one as Damian Kemp, our Boaters' Update editor, looks back at the previous 19 shows as Crick Boat Show celebrates its 20th anniversary. This time we're looking at 2010 and 2011.
The year started and ended with weather dominating the headlines as major cold spells brought widespread snow. Natural events continued to be front page news as the unpronounceable, unless you happen to be Icelandic, Eyjafjallajökull caused the largest air-traffic shut-down since World War II as volcanic ash clogged up European skies.
A couple of weeks later we headed to the polls and, for the first time in over a decade, voted in a Conservative-led Government.
On the waterways big changes were also afoot as the outgoing Labour Government, later ratified by its successor, announced that British Waterways would move to the charity sector after 62 years under Government control. Also, the Kennet & Avon Canal celebrated its 200thbirthday!
While other shows were cancelling or drastically down-scaling due to the depressed economy, Crick maintained its’ position as the show to be at if you’re after an upgrade or new boat.
More positivity could be found the following year as within the first week we’d won The Ashes and a few months later we were celebrating a royal wedding, between Prince William and Catherine Middleton, over a four-day weekend.
It was a bittersweet year for ‘Potterheads’ however as the final Harry Potter film hit screens (Deathly Hallows part two). If needed, they could have found consolation in the West Midlands as, after 35 years of restoration work, the Droitwich Canals opened and completed the 21-mile circuit of the Mid-Worcestershire Ring.
It was a good year at Crick Boat Show too, the first to include the seminar programme. Visitor numbers were up by 20% and exhibitors reported brisk trade.
Last date edited: 16 April 2019