Whaley Water Weekend proved wet and windy on Saturday, but spirits weren’t dampened as organisers hailed it one of the best yet.
The 15th anniversary of the canal basin festival kicked off on Friday with live DJs on the quayside stage and an acoustic evening in the Mechanics’ Institute, Market Street.
Sponsorship coordinator James Middleton said: “Temperatures stayed high and the sun shone late. All over Whaley Bridge, it was pavement party time, with people eating and drinking outdoors.”
While Saturday morning was a washout, with thunder and heavy rain poured down on W3’s main events, the free boat trips and market stalls.
Amid the showers and gales, gazebos blew into the canal and had to be salvaged by kayakers and a life-size inflatable crocodile tied to an anchor was mistakenly rescued.
Fortunately, the third day of the event was brighter and families flocked to the waterway, making it one of the most popular in the gala’s history.
Secretary Sam Gray said: “We’re all now recovering from what was a hugely successful and very gruelling Whaley Water Weekend.
“Highlights included a sound and light spectacular from Whaley-based DJs Audiosphere on the Friday evening, our acoustic night in the Mechanics Institute featuring Linda Simpson, superb stalls selling everything from yummy cupcakes to couture handbags and toys for the little ‘uns, free boat rides, the opening up of the historic Transhipment Warehouse, outstanding Pink Floyd tribute act Rogers Floyd who attracted 500 people to the canal basin on the Saturday evening for their incredible set featuring inflatable pink pig (I actually saw grown men crying at this gig!) and a fly past from a model plane!
“And finally, all the sun drenched people that came out on the Sunday for another bumper year of fun. Big, massive, huge, enormous thanks to our volunteers who were amazing. We also got a national Radio 4 mention for putting Whaley on the map!”