Kennet was built in 1947 to carry freight between Liverpool and the Pennines. It is 61'6" long so fits very snugly into the locks.
It was taken out of service in the 1960s and is now used as a peripatetic school room.
We were welcomed by a brass band which was surprising as we had not announced our intention of attending the festival.
But support from the boating community was very disappointing. Apart from Kennet, there were two boats from Hapton hire fleet with Lee, the owner; the Tug Anna and nb Black Sabbath.
Five years ago we spent about a week cruising with Alan onTug Anna whilst she was being filmed for a German TV programme. This can now be viewed on YouTube Gecko has been edited out of the final broadcast version, however.
We enjoyed catching up with all of these who we knew from our winters in Reedley Marina but by lunchtime we were ready to return to Preston by rail.