Friday night launch for water Weekend 2011

Whaley Bridge Water Weekend – W3 – has announced plans for this year’s event, on Friday 10 June, Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June.

For the first time, there is to be a live event at the Canal Basin; an evening of acoustic music, which has a big following in the High Peak.  W3 has asked  acoustic music star Linda Simpson – a current resident of High Peak – to organise the evening with a strong local bias.

On her canal boat The Busker, tied up in the Peak District, Linda explained her enthusiasm for the idea:  “I ‘m speaking to the many local acoustic clubs in the High Peak, and getting them to put on an evening that will be a treat for acoustic fans and an eye-opener for some local people.”

Saturday and Sunday, big popular days with families and visitors, the mixture will follow the traditional format, with boat trips high in demand. There are FIVE BOATS this year, all providing free trips along the canal – ‘through the green tunnel’ as the marketing slogan says.

Powderkegs, the Whaley based border morris dance group, opens the entertainment on the Saturday.  Other attractions include Whaley Bridge band, the return of meerkats, canoe and BMX displays and stalls, stalls, stalls.

Sunday fun continues with more boat trips – get there early to avoid queues for free tickets – another session from Whaley Band as well as Groovediggers and Acoustic Collective and a display of classic cars.

Full details of the programme are on the W3 website

Watch out for The Review in early June in the Whaley Bridge/Furness Vale area, delivering your personal copy of the programme to your home.

Linda Simpson: organising Friday's Acoustic NightGreen tunnel of the canal: route of the free trips