What a Great Fun Weekend at Wednesfield Canal Festival!

Well the 2022 Wednesfield Canal Festival is now over for yet another year! What a two days it was, and I have a sneaky feeling that it will certainly go in the record books for the heat and the weather if not for the overall Festival! Hands on Wednesfield- this wonderful group of Volunteers, has done much for our Village over the last seven years or so. But I think the success of this Wednesfield Canal Festival will feature up there in their list of best ventures.

We will have to wait to see for a few more days what the official attendance has been but it has been very well attended. We had a record number of Narrow boats trading we had Narrow Boats also visiting and staying over the two days also. I

We have been under pressure from those that have attended to do another Festival next year. Of course that will happen.

I want to pay tribute to the awesome support this festival gets from Hands on Wednesfield. The Volunteer Group who do so much in supporting other Wednesfield ventures like Wednesfield Christmas Lights.

This show has grown so big, every year it has undergone a change. I may have started it modestly. But without these people this event wouldn’t be what it is now.

Chairman of Hands on Wednesfield James Clarke, Simon Archer of Wednesfield Magazine and Simon Hamilton who is a key volunteer in a host of other Wednesfield events, are the new driving force behind Wednesfield Canal Festival.

These trojans, are ably supported by Jim Duncan who uses his vast experience in entertainment to good use, Part of that success is the partnership that has been forged between Hands on Wednesfield and Bentley Bridge Leisure Park, of which none of this would take place without Mark Welsby, who manages the Bentley Bridge Leisure Park. Mark and the Leisure Park have made a huge difference to the rate of growth of the Canal Festival! We also benefit immensely from a close partnership with Greene King Public House The Nickelodeon and Dani the Licencee. With support we receive from the Canal and River Trust the Wednesfield Canal Festival is perhaps the largest event of its kind now in the City.

As more of the detail of the Wednesfield Canal Festival is recorded, we will report on it here on this Blog Site.

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