Video: Dewsbury Canal Festival boat pull competition

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Savile Town Wharf was buzzing with activity when Dewsbury Canal Festival made a welcome return.

Visitors admired decorated barges competing for the title of best dressed boat, took a spin on fairground rides and listened to live music on Saturday’s opening day.

ALL SMILES Lily Rodriguez-Farnhill making bubbles. (d308d334)

ALL SMILES Lily Rodriguez-Farnhill making bubbles. (d308d334)

The festivities continued on Sunday when families took to the waterways.

Mirfield-based charity Safe Anchor Trust offered free trips along the Calder and Hebble Navigation, while more adventurous visitors took up the chance to try paddling on the canal in a coracle.

Other attractions included circus skills training, rock climbing and a boat pull competition.

The weekend of free activities was part of Outdoor Dewsbury Festival, a Dewsbury Regeneration Board initiative to promote the town’s green spaces and encourage people to get active.

Pick up a copy of this week’s paper – on sale Friday – to see pictures from Dewsbury Canal Festival.