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A perfect September Sunday afternoon saw the Boys and I driving up the M1 to Leicestershire to revel in one of the ‘last hurrahs’ of the boat rally season. Shackerstone has grown and grown.

When I first went it was a rather cosy affair located on a sloping field above the ‘Battlefield Line’ railway station. It’s grown a lot since then, particularly in the couple of years since we were here last. These days there are serious ‘pinch points’, particularly outside the main show ground along the canal towpath, and the railway seems a little more isolated than it once was, but these are minor grumbles about what remains a cracking good festival crammed with vintage cars, trundling traction engines, brass bands, donkey rides, a fairground and of course some stunning old boats. There were less boats in attendance this year, a consequence perhaps of the (positive) profusion of ‘heritage’ events scattering old boats all over the system. Still, on a warm afternoon, we had a wonderful time, as hopefully these images suggest…

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IMG_4789It was an afternoon to savour.

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