Classic lifeboat parade heading to Gloucester Canal

A convoy of historic lifeboats will cruise past Saul Junction on the Gloucester Canal on the bank holiday weekend

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) is planning a bank holiday treat for classic boat fans at Saul Junction on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.

A parade of historic lifeboats will cruise past the junction to celebrate the 60-year history of local lifeboat builders R W Davis & Son.

The convoy will arrive at Saul Junction at 11am on Saturday 23 August and the procession will be repeated on Sunday 24 August and Monday 25 August.

Those keen to take a closer look can head to the lifeboat display that will be taking place at Saul Junction Marina across the weekend.

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Two steam-powered launches will be taking part on Saturday and Sunday as well, the IWA confirmed, while an illuminated boat parade will take place on Saturday night.

Dozens of boats are expected to arrive for the boat-handling contest, and prizes for Best Boat in Bloom and Best Kept Engine Room will also be handed out.

Those visiting on Monday can take advantage of the boat jumble, and other highlights include a real ale bar and waterways activities for children.

The Saul Waterways Pageant is free to attend and free parking is available on Moor Street in the nearby village of Saul.