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It was the annual Rickmansworth Festival arranged by the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, at the weekend. Given it was such a sunny Sunday it seemed an ideal day out for the family – so off we went! The photos pretty much tell the story of what was another grand day out…

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Looking down from the road bridge ahead of Rickmansworth Lock the small push tug service boat was beetling about providing supplies and support to moorers.
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Now here’s a good idea for stress-free boating with children, use the technique tried and tested by generations of boaters and tie the kids the the nearest solid object!
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The ‘Frederick Whittingham’ a broad beam tug, looking in fine fettle, and with a beautifully purposeful rumble eminating from the engine room too…
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A quiet moment on a busy day, just time to do a final tidy-up of this ‘Bantam’ Tug in preparation for the attention of the stream of visitors that passed along the towpath towards the stalls and fairground…
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Who can resist a floating stall? In this case it’s the fund-raising enterprise of historic wooden boat ‘Raymond’…
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A photo of a signet riding on a swan’s back catches Molly’s eye as we pass the floating gallery…
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Inside a community wide boat, the Boys play in the well deck in the bow whilst we take a few moments in the cool shade of the main cabin…
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Fin ready for launch on the plane roundabout in the fairground…
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Joe having a great time in mid flight… an year ago he was nervous of this roundabout, this year he couldn’t wait to have a go…
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A ‘selfie’ Fin and I ready for his first dodgem / bumper car ride, the there background Claire and Joe get into another car, Molly stood and watched, she didn’t fancy the bumps at all…
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Is there a collective noun for a group of post-dance Morrismen (and women) – a ‘whitter’ perhaps or a ‘tinkle’???
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Joe determined to win the ‘see who can keep your lolly the longest’ competition…
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And it just wouldn’t be the Ricky without a shot of the painting of the silhouette of a horse under the road bridge placidly pulling a barge along… ‘showboat’!

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