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Illuminated boats to light up Milton Keynes

People living in Milton Keynes have the chance to watch a festive illuminated boat parade along the Grand Union Canal and join in the celebrations for Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday.

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The parade is part of the Illuminated Boat Festival taking place on the canal on the 2–3 December. This two-day event on the Grand Union Canal aims to show off the waterways to the people of Milton Keynes and encourage them to visit and spend some time along the canal in this special birthday year.

Although all the free tickets for the event have now been allocated there are still chances to see the boat parade from outside the festival area.

On Saturday 2 December between 5pm – 6pm local people will get the chance to watch two parades of canal boats, decked in twinkling fairy lights and Christmas decorations, as they head out along the canal. The boats will be leaving the Lionhearts Cruising Club and Milton Keynes Marina and head towards Campbell Park.

As the boats weave their way through Milton Keynes, spectators can join in the fun along the towpath and from bridges that cross the canal as the boats pass on by.

Emily Nicholas, from the Canal & River Trust, said: "We've had a fantastic response to our Illuminated Boat Festival and have given away 10,000 free tickets. The event promises to be a really fun, festive occasion for local people and the boating community.

"For those who didn't managed to get a ticket there will still be lots of places outside the event where you can see the boats as they pass along the canal and still be part of the festive birthday celebrations."

The event wouldn't have been possible without the support from local volunteers, organisations like The Parks Trust, and funding from MK Community Foundation.

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Last Edited: 27 November 2017

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