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News article created on 16 April 2014

Foxton to host historic boat festival

Foxton Locks in Leicestershire will showcase 40 historic working narrow boats as part of a fun packed three-day festival this Easter weekend.

The weekend event will include a boat parade, craft stalls, a children’s Easter egg hunt and talks on what life was like on the waterways for the working boat people.

2014 is also a special year for Foxton Locks and the Grand Union Canal Leicester Line as it celebrates its 200th birthday. Opened in 1814 and built by canal engineer Benjamin Bevan, this stretch of canal links Foxton with Norton Junction. 

Birthday year

John Best, chair of the south east waterways partnership for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Foxton Locks is a great place to spend a few hours this Easter weekend and enjoy some spring time sunshine. It’s a great family day out and we’d encourage anyone to come and enjoy it in its birthday year.

“With all these historic boats coming along to Foxton it is also a brilliant opportunity to find out more about the history of the canals. You’ll get the chance to get up close to some of the country’s oldest working boats, see for yourself how people used to live in the really small cabins at the back of the boat and learn what a tough and demanding job it was for the working boat families.”