Faversham Nautical Festival fun in the sun…

 

Well, it was everything you’d expect, with boats, music, stalls and people, and what’s more the sun came out! Well done, the folks of Faversham!

A dockyard stroll – Faversham Nautical Festival, 2015

The sun shone, the kids played and the tide came up on time, floating an interesting collection of mainly local boats, many of them dressed all over for the occasion. And some silly¬†fella spent some time playing hornpipes for small children (in the company of the well known shanty singer Chris Roche), when he wasn’t taking photos…

In case you’re wondering, I do have a soft spot for the barge yacht Nancy Grey.

By the way, I gather the Swing The Bridge appeal raising money to build a new swing bridge capable of being opened and allowing barges and other craft into the upper pool is doing well. I hope to have more news soon…

Faversham Nautical Festival 21st-22nd July – barges, smacks and other traditional boats in Faversham

Well doesn’t that sound like fun? Hopefully it will also draw locals’ attention to the creek, and its historical and continuing importance to the town.

Other items of really good news from Faversham in recent days have been the recommencement of regular flushing in the creek, and dredging operations by Medway Ports. See the Faversham Creek Trust’s posts on this here, here and here.