Nostalgia and navel-gazing: Crick Boat Show 2002

Crick’s annual boatshow has been rescheduled to coincide with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee on Spring Bank Holiday

The Crick Boat Show is a regular feature in the diary of many denizens of the country’s rivers and canals. This year’s show attracted 21,000 to the Northants show, just off Junction 18 on the M1 near Daventry last May Bank Holiday, despite the confusion generated by FMD.

Next year’s show has been rescheduled to coincide with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee on Spring Bank Holiday, 1-3 June (Tuesday 4 June has also been designated a Bank Holiday).

“Following extensive consultation with visitors, exhibitors, partners and staff,” said Show Manager Martin Cooke, “we decided to change the show dates to the new Bank Holiday weekend, but not to extend the event to four days as a resounding majority preferred a three-day show.”

The organisers, British Waterways, working in partnership with Inland Waterways, have decided to use the 50th anniversary as a theme for the event, reminiscing about boating 50 years ago and looking ahead Fritz Lang-style to what we might expect 50 years hence.

Jan Dunseith, exhibits and attractions co-ordinator, is planning big things: “Just some of the exciting Golden Jubilee ideas we’re working on include a reunion of Royalty-class boats, a gathering of boats and local people with a special Royal connection, plus themed exhibits.

“As usual the weekend will be bursting with things to see and do including water-based competitions and events, and countryside activities. New for 2002 will be a special outdoor exhibition and demonstration area featuring waterway craft from the length and breadth of the inland waterways.”

Inland Waterways Chief Executive Roger Hanbury highlighted the increasing significance of the show to the country’s 2,000 miles of waterways: “The show provides a platform for The Waterways Trust as well as canal restoration societies, to raise money for important waterway regeneration and restoration projects.”

If there’s anything not mentioned there you’d like to suggest to the organisers, contact Jan Dunseith on 01788-891555 or email 



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