A horse-drawn narrowboat with its crew of volunteers all in period costumes echoed the past on the Wey & Arun Canal during a weekend of celebrations to mark the waterway’s 200th anniversary.
Trip boat Zachariah Keppel’s engine was turned off as it is pulled in traditional style along the canal for public excursions at Loxwood.
The horse-powered cruises featured in a series of special celebration outings and other events organised by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust as part of its bicentennial commemoration of the opening of the canal.
Another highlight was the official opening by actress Dame Penelope Keith of a new bridge at Alfold, where the trust has carried out its first full-navigation restoration project in Surrey.
There were also rallies for small boat owners, canoeists and kayakers along the canal at Loxwood, Shalford and Alfold.
Events at the Canal Centre, behind the Onslow Arms pub at Loxwood included traditional children’s games, a special historical display and the band Sax ’n Swing provided the musical entertainment for all the visitors.
The 200th anniversary celebrations moved to the canal’s Summit Level at Alfold in Surrey on Sunday with another small boats rally on the recently restored section.
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