Narrow boat’s Galore! – As Wednesfield Welcomes Water Borne Tourists with First Cruise of the Season

Our tourist season has started again in Wednesfield and the first ‘cruise’ of the season begins with the arrival of 19 narrowboats into Wednesfield Bentley Bridge later today. (11 May 2016)

31 water borne tourists on the 19 narrowboats making up the cruise, will arrive in our Village of Wednesfield, and will be overnighting at our moorings at Bentley Bridge.

I hope the Village establishments welcome them during their stay tonight I know they will be looking to provision, and looking for leisure opportunities, and a good night out!

This is a great opportunity for these narrow boaters to see our ancient and historic Wednesfield at its best. These are tourists that are enjoying the sights and sounds of the Wyrley & Essington canal. The canal is more than 200 years old and has been a great asset for the Village for all of those years.

The ‘cruise’ will start arriving in Bentley Bridge later this afternoon. The Cruise is organised by BCNS ExplorerCruise.

I am excited again as we once more start our season of discovery here in Wednesfield. Our history is a rich one and the fact that the canal is now very much at the centre of our heritage also gives us opportunity, to use it to maximise our local economy . Last year it was estimated that the canal and its users contributed an extra £10,000 to the Village Economy.

The Wyrley & Essington canal has long been an important piece of infrastructure for Wednesfield, and its great to see it once again at the centre of all that takes place.

photo 2 Wednesfield Canal

The beautiful Wyrley & Essington Canal, as it passes through Wednesfield”

Putting Wednesfield ( Bentley Bridge) at the heart of the Inland Waterways map is an important economic objective of mine, and this Wyrley & Essington canal and it’s very beautiful tow-path and banks with the rich flora and fauna, and its tranquillity cannot be a better way to demonstrate it.

This is another step towards achieving this goal.

If you see our narrow boat friends make them feel welcome, salute them wave , chat with them! We want them back again soon…..


Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


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