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Thank you to the organisers of events and activities over the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend of Action who have kindly sent us some photos, a small selection of which are below.  Please send your photos to us at info@

Fund Britain's Waterways - Weekend of Action Photo Reports

May Day Bank Holiday Weekend 2024

IWA Lichfield Branch

IWA’s Lichfield Branch’s stand at Fradley Junction (left) proved to be in just the right place to lobby support from many passers by.  And not content with one stand, the branch had a second stand at Great Haywood (inset below).  The busy canal junctions were prime spots for attracting some attention.

Swarkestone Boat Club

Swarkestone Boat Club’s campaign cruise to Shobnall Fields on the Trent & Mersey Canal made clear their campaign message, with boats appropriately dressed. This event almost had to be cancelled owing to damage to Barrow Bridge 16 on the Canal resulting from a serious vehicle strike, but Canal & River Trust managed to reopen the canal in time for the cruise to go ahead.

Norbury Canal Festival

IWA Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch’s stand at Norbury Canal Festival, on the Shropshire Union Canal, had a clear campaigning message.

Electrika Boat Show

IWA’s stand at the Electrika Boat Show – promoting the environmentally friendly options for boating – also had a clear campaign message.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

IWA Lancashire & Cumbria Branch’s stand at Johnson’s Hillock Locks, near Chorley, on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, suffered from some poor weather, but the branch team were undaunted and the right message was conveyed to all passers by.

Canalway Cavalcade

Fund Britain’s Waterways was the theme for this year’s Canalway Cavalcade, with boats travelling from across the country, and some went on to participate in the Campaign Cruise past the Houses of Westminster.

Broads Society Rally

The Broads Society held a well-turned-out rally at Acle, demonstrating that the concerns are not just about funding for Canal & River Trust – indeed the Broads Authority gets no funding from Government for its navigation function, and rising costs have led to steep licence fee increases this year.

[Photos by Mike Morcher of The Broads Society]

Ripon Canal

At one of the northernmost outposts of the connected waterway system, members of Ripon Motor Boat Club gathered in the City’s canal basin to inform passers-by of their concerns and to gather support.

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