The BCN Cruise Is Coming To Wednesfield!

With the re-opening of the Wyrley & Essington Canal is now complete for boat traffic following the recent 3 months closure of the canal. I am pleased to confirm that the BCN Cruise (that can see as many as 20 canal narrow boats arriving in Wednesfield) is once again now on and will visit!

This is great news for Wednesfield, because not only does it create a ‘colourful’ water scene on our 220 year old waterway. The fact is that when the Narrow-boaters arrive and stay over, they spend their cash locally boosting our local economy.

On June 15th this cruise will stay over in Bentley Bridge moorings, and on the following morning (16th) I will meet with them. Wish them well and Bon Voyage! on the remainder of their cruise on our splendid canal.

I will also present the first narrow boat skipper to Moor at Bentley Bridge from the cruise, with a copy of local author Ray Fellows book, about the history of Wednesfield. This has become a bit of a tradition over the last few years when the cruise arrives in our Village.F16/6)

This year the Wyrley & Essington canal celebrates its 220 years of opening. It’s a fabulous heritage canal, with great views, divergent wildlife, and verdant trees and plants along its paths and banks. It is looking quite magnificent at the moment with Water Lily and Wild Flowers in full bloom.

Local walkers often see Heron, other waterfowl, and fish in the water way, if you are really lucky you see a flash of blue, and a Kingfisher will flash by!

I am pleased that the BCN Cruise is travelling our way again, the forced closure of the canal earlier this year by the urgent work required on the Pinfold Bridge has been very disruptive on boat traffic.

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