PICTURES: Whaley Bridge’s water weekend goes swimmingly

Whaley Water Weekend, splatting the rat, three year old Gregory Dent
Whaley Water Weekend, splatting the rat, three year old Gregory Dent
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The Whaley Bridge Water Weekend (W3) drew in the crowds for another year - even including visitors from overseas.

The music and arts festival took place for the sixth time last weekend with a selection of events running throughout the day and evening.

Famous for its free boat trips ,the event in High Peak attracted several thousand visitors over the course of the two days.

As well as setting sail down the river, there was plenty of stalls, an appearance by “Captain Jack” and a traditional Punch and Judy show.

Also during the day there were performances by Powderkegs Morris and a chance to scale a climbing wall.

Live music was provided in the evening by The Chinese Marbles, Metal Life Crisis, the Tony Auton Band and Pink Floyd tribute act Rogers Floyd.

Whaley Water Weekend, great weather for ducks, Gill, Samuel and Jack Ashton

Whaley Water Weekend, great weather for ducks, Gill, Samuel and Jack Ashton

Festival organiser Barry Rudd commented on the event’s Facebook page afterwards: “Bar dry, fantastic live music. Lots of happy people of all ages.”

Christine Turner, a stallholder at the event, said she had met visitors from Cologne in Germany and a couple from Tazmania.

Barry added that the team behind the event were exhausted and tired but had “helped to put Whaley Bridge on the map and give the town its biggest event of the year.”

Whaley Water Weekend, Dave Parker and Tina Crick were amongst the crews giving trips down the canal

Whaley Water Weekend, Dave Parker and Tina Crick were amongst the crews giving trips down the canal

Whaley Water Weekend, the busy canal basin

Whaley Water Weekend, the busy canal basin

Whaley Water Weekend, the busy canal basin

Whaley Water Weekend, the busy canal basin