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Canal Festival Aims To Be A Cut Above

Music and stories will entertain the crowds who head for the water and take part in the Rugby Canal Arts and Heritage Festival this weekend.

Rugby Borough Council promises two days of family fun. There will be children’s entertainment from the Storytellers Theatre Company and Tales of the Water from storyteller Martin Watssman who is travelling form Scotland for the event.

And there will be live jazz, blues and folk music, plus plenty of activities. There will also be craft and heritage exhibitions, and boat trips for those who wish to take to the water.

The site is right next to the Oxford Canal on the very edge of Rugby, and aims to repeat the success of a similar event two years ago.

This one is part of the Rugby’s Millennium Year of the Arts Festival.

Mary Ferrier, recreation and arts manager for Rugby Borough Council, said:

“The canal arts and heritage festival is a Millennium Commission Lottery project forming part of the UK-wide Millennium Festival.

“The last event in 1998 was such a success with around 3,000 visitors having a great day out and many asking when the event would happen again.

“This Millennium year seems the ideal time to revive the Festival and we hope many more people will take the opportunity to visit.”

The event takes place on on Saturday and Sunday (2 and 3 September) at the Old Royal Oak on the A428 Crick Road, Hillmorton, between Rugby town centre and M1 junction 18.

It runs from noon to 6pm both days. For more information call the council’s recreation and arts department on 01788 533711 or 533712.

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