VIDEO: Belly full of entertainment at canal festival

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The weather gods were smiling on Linslade Canal Festival as the annual event drew in a record crowd on Saturday.

A dry sunny festival day sandwiched between a wet Friday and a soggy Sunday, meant the public was out in force to lap up the entertainment.

Linslade Canal Festival 2015, MPLO

Linslade Canal Festival 2015, MPLO

Organised by Leighton-Linslade Town Council, this year’s festival attracted many thousands of visitors making it one of the most popular free events to be hosted in Bedfordshire.

The event, which is now in its 13th year, celebrates the Leighton-Linslade’s rich industrial past and the importance the Grand Union Canal has played in the development of the town.

Located within Tiddenfoot Countryside Park – which has just won a Green Flag Community Award – the 7.5-acre site was transformed for the festival when more than 126 exhibitors provided an eclectic mix of activities and attractions promoting rural crafts such as basket making, love spoon carving and hurdle making to name but a few.

Town clerk, Mark Saccoccio said: “May I thank colleagues, councillors as well as our loyal residents for making this the biggest and best canal festival Leighton-Linslade Town Council has ever staged.

Linslade Canal Festival 2015, MPLO

Linslade Canal Festival 2015, MPLO

“For the town council, the event is important in helping provide an opportunity to bring our growing community together in celebration of our rich industrial heritage.”

See a picture special in the LBO on July 28.

Linslade Canal Festival 2015, MPLO

Linslade Canal Festival 2015, MPLO