Last weekend among all the other events and activities going on locally a convoy of half a dozen trading canal boats moored at Bentley Bridge and opened for trade. Amongst them was a floating tea room, a lady selling doggy goodies, a herb and spices trader and the witchcraft boat.
The floating market as locals dubbed it, was a roaring success, with visitors from across the area popping to have a cuppa, browse their wares or just have a chat with our unusual visitors.
At the end of the Saturday Sandra Willis of Golden Boyz Doggie Gifts said on Facebook
“Well rain has stopped play but that’s probably a blessing in disguise as we’re all shattered after a brilliant day today. A huge thank you to everyone that came down. I’ve never been photographed so much or felt so welcomed by a local community. Big thank you to Phil for all his support. Wednesfield you rock!
Same again tomorrow folks we’ll be open trading all day again. Look forward to seeing you all.”
And at the end of the weekend Tracey Arbon of the Tea Junction echoed these sentiments
“Would like to thank you all for the warm welcome to your little part of the cut, for Tea Junction this is new waters and one we hope to visit often . We have had a phenomenal Weekend, especially Saturday which meant that we didn’t get to chat with our customers as much as we would of liked, we hope you enjoyed your ” boaty” weekend as much as all the traders did .”
Hopefully we’ll be seeing them all back on our waters very soon!
To keep up to date with the goings on on our section of the Essington and Wyrley Canal – and to follow the journey as the boaters and supporters campaign to have it designated as a local Nature Reserve join their facebook group here.