Monday, 4 May 2009

The Gastronomic Delights of Norbury Canal Festival

Some people still manage to make a living through trading on the waterways. Two regular visitors to Norbury Junction are "The Cheese Boat", which sells a "range of specialist cheeses" (although actually it's the one sort of cheese with various flavours added) and "The Fudge Boat" which sells, er....fudge. They are seen here together at Norbury Canal Festival held over the bank holiday weekend at Norbury Junction.
The festival is really Norbury Village Fete - with boats and, sad to say, it seems to have gone into a bit of a decline. Two years ago as well as a selection of stalls of waterway and more general interest there was entertainment by the Newport Town Silver Band, folk singers and even belly dancers! A full programme of entertainment was also provided in the Junction Inn to complement the fete. Visiting boats, many decorated with bunting and including quite a few working boats stretched along the towpath towards Shelmore. This year however, there were fewer stalls, fewer boats and hardly any musical entertainment. In fact, if you didn't like cheese and/or fudge there really wasn't a lot going on.

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