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The unveiling was preceded by speeches by James Clifton (CRT), whose flattering compliments about Blisworth Canal Partnership were well received, and Stuart Wilkinson (Transport Trust) who talked about the Red Wheel project. Jan Andrews (Blisworth Canal Partnership) and Stuart Wilkinson then unveiled the Red Wheel to much applause.

Our renowned village historian, Tony Marsh, joined Indian Chief and provided a very well-received heritage talk along the way. The Chair of Blisworth Heritage Society, Hilary Spurrier, led the heritage talk aboard Crusader. Both added considerably to the day.

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After a relaxing and informative boat trip, guests and villagers made their way up to Blisworth Baptist Church. They were serenaded by the Scout Band as they arrived and the WI ladies were waiting in their splendid costumes ready to serve refreshments Displays by Blisworth Art Club & Blisworth Heritage Society adorned the walls of the Chapel foyer alongside some images from the Jim Payler collection. People mingled and chatted about the day before adjoining to the Chapel Hall for the cutting of the cakes and the toast. .

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Members of Blisworth Canal Partnership and Blisworth Art Group then walked along to Blisworth Tunnel Hut accompanied by members of the Transport Trust. Both they and other visitors including District Councillor Stephen Clarke were full of praise for the restoration project and the fabulous canal mural created by the Art Club.

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Everybody agreed that the Red Wheel had been installed in a great spot to be seen and read by Blisworth's many towpath users.

Guests and representatives from village groups then climbed aboard the two trip boats moored adjacent to the towpath, Indian Chief and Crusader. They were then traeted to a journey along most of the length of Blisworth Parish Waterway.

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The day of celebration ended with a marvellous performance by MIKRON THEATRE. Click on News on the top navigation bar for more details of the show.

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All in all Blisworth's Red Wheel Day was a resounding success. A great example of just what a wonderful community the village has, with a much loved waterway at its heart.

Thank you to all who helped make it a day to remember!!