Rolling out the barrels of beer from the Grand Union Canal as Crick prepares for influx of thousands of people for annual boat show

Mhde-29-05-12-beer-May65'Marton's Pedigree beer arriving by historic canal boat ahead of the Crick boat show at the weekend'Pictured, Volunteers Peter and Rita Ashford off loading beer barrels as Peter Jonhns from (waterways world director) takes delivery.

Mhde-29-05-12-beer-May65'Marton's Pedigree beer arriving by historic canal boat ahead of the Crick boat show at the weekend'Pictured, Volunteers Peter and Rita Ashford off loading beer barrels as Peter Jonhns from (waterways world director) takes delivery.

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BEER by the barrel washed up on the banks of the Grand Union Canal after being transported the old-fashioned way to Crick Boat Show this weekend.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Marston’s Pedigree and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Marston’s Brewery sent its beer in traditional wooden barrels by canal to the Crick Boat Show.

The beer was carried by British Waterways’ heritage working boat Swift, a full-length 71ft narrowboat. It set off last Friday to travel the 74 miles from Burton on Trent to Crick Marina, via the Trent and Mersey, Coventry, North Oxford and Grand Union canals, before arriving on Tuesday morning.

Show director Peter Johns said: “When Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne 60 years ago, the canals were still predominantly used for transporting goods and materials, rather than leisure. In fact, in their heyday, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, canals transported over 30 million tonnes of freight a year, across a network which stretched for 5,000 miles.

“Today, our canals carry relatively little freight but they have become havens for wildlife and are used by millions of people for leisure. And every year, 25,000 people flock to the Crick Boat Show in Northamptonshire to celebrate them.”

Thousands of people are expected to descend on the village this weekend for the four day show from Saturday to Tuesday.

There will be boat trips, live music, children’s entertainment, food and drink, competitions, food demonstrations and over 200 exhibitors.

For tickets visit crickboatshow.com, call 01283 742972 or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/crickboatshow.