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Family fun at the canal festival

Slough’s annual canal festival attracted more than 4,000 people over one weekend.

Bloom Park in Langley was filled with activities including traction engine train rides, falconry displays and Hazelmutts dog obedience displays.

There were also canal boat rides, a mobile farm, ferret racing, face painting and glitter tattoos, inflatables, bungee trampoline, mobile bar, food stands, and charity stalls.

The council run festival was sponsored by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), with Slough Express as a silver sponsor.

Event organiser Lynsey Hellewell said: “It was a really great two days. There were a lot of boats on the towpath, the more the merrier, and year on year it seems to be growing.

“The festival is for the benefit of the community and families. I think they liked the duck herding as they had a mind of their own, the falconry display got the public involved and we had a number of different things for visitors to do.”

The Canal and River Trust (CRT) was also involved in tidying up the canal before the event and the SUR ran a raffle, with proceeds going to the Mayor’s charity.

Mayor Councillor Ishrat Shah visited the festival on the Sunday and had a tour around, meeting stallholders and the display teams.

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