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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

King George the V1 and Winston Churchill????

Its been a tiring but great weekend. Saturday we drove back to Sandiacre to friends and long standing ECP&DA members Carole and Michael to join in their Golden wedding anniversary celebrations.  Loads of boats turned up and it felt very strange for FS not to be one of them. Not only that but Ian couldn't even have a drink seeing as he was driving us back to MK that very night. A bed had been offered by our tenants but it would have been a very early start to get back and then drive to Stoke Bruerne for The Village at War festival on Sunday.

Sunday dawned fair and with the good weather the crowds turned out in their hundreds. We met Colin, Iwona and boys at the Navigation then walked slowly taking in all the sights to the tunnel entrance, where we sat by the Blacksmiths and had our picnic. The place was heaving by late afternoon, loads of people in 40's costume and even got to see Winston Churchill and
King George V1. Our one regret was not seeing the Spitfire flying past. It was out of action! Instead the Hurricane was supposed to do the honours. That lost radio contact on route and was directed to fly to Goodwood first and then, if the radio could be repaired, fly back to Stoke Bruerne. Not knowing if this was to go ahead and as Jade had been left on her own for over 6 hours we reluctantly left.  Anyway as I took loads if photos I'll leave you with today's pics.

Allo allo. What have we 'ere

All appears in order

The first pram I had for Colin was similar to this.

Trip boat complete with guns and periscope.

Oscar finding it fascinating.

Oscar by the Blacksmiths

The picnic

Come on Ladies check out those heels!

Not so sure on the girdles.

Now that's what I call gongoozlers

We shall fight them on the beaches.......and on the Grand Union Canal (:

War time sing along

King George V1 and Winston Churchill meeting the masses.

Nutfield and Raymond ascending Stoke Bruerne lock.

From the 40's to.........

Present day. What plonkers!!

Very important to carry the air raid siren.

Straight from Dads Army.

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