I was busy most of the day publicising Watford & District Industrial History Society but I did get time to see one contest - between Banstead and Cleveland.
For this contest two young lads - about6 or 7 - were enlisted as judges. After giving their verdict one very perceptive lad said "it doesn't matter how much smoke you make that doesn't make you the winner"
One change this year is the insistence of Health & Safety that Stop/Go boards be employed on the bridge where the River Colne crosses the canal. Needless to say, they were completely ignored by the public who seemed quite capable of managing the way people have for centuries.