Friday, 22 May 2015

Rickmansworth Festival

Sat 16th May

Ricky Festival

We had been allocated 18A as our mooring, which was close to Bridge 174 and the entrance to the Aquadrome.  We were alongside the towpath, and there was space by the boat to put some chairs and tables. This was ideal.

We went to collect our boater’s pack and the brass plaque from the event office in a gazebo at the far end, past the historic boats.  We looked around the site separately, so that we could spend a fair time on duty by the boat.  There was a wide range of fast food outlets, and lots of bands booked to perform.

The weather was perfect, and we chatted to quite a few people and gave out some leaflets.

Mooring allocation


Traditional boats


Our festival mooring

 Hazel in action by the boat

Live bands

No boating today

Sun 17th May

Ricky Festival

We went to the lock for what we hoped would be a service led by Soul Survivor. It turned out to be a Gospel Choir, who sang a mixture of gospel songs and secular songs. 

There was a flypast by a Spitfire, which was entertaining. 

We wandered round the stalls again and took in a folk band in one of the tents.  At the end of the day we returned to the lock for a performance by “Sitting Ducks” which included Paul Clevett from Tafelberg, playing mandolin. Previously we have only seen him play bass.

They had a “Lock Jam” in the area below the lock, with several historic boats clustered together, forming another area for invited guests to watch the show and get a little more inebriated. It was a great atmosphere, and a fitting way to end the festival.

Gospel choir

Spitfire flypast

Main stage and food stalls

Floating Jazz band

The Sitting Ducks

Lock Jam
No boating today

Next week: heading north to Milton Keynes

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