Faversham Nautical Festival 2013

Two years ago, our Match Secretary, Lena Reekie arranged a small exhibition of Swale Match posters, programmes and mugs in TS HAZARD, the Sea Cadets ancient building by the Town Quay where the barge Lady of the Lea was tied up for the weekend. It seemed to spark some enthusiasm and interest and in 2012 the KSA launched the first Faversham Nautical Festival.
A fine collection of barges and other traditional vessels, stalls, a beer tent, musicians and other attractions nestled around the head of the creek and visitors were able to find out more about the significance and importance of this waterway. After a horrible spring the weather turned beautiful and townspeople and visitors enjoyed a relaxing weekend.
Again this year – 25th & 26th May - the two days were blessed with unusually good weather. There were more boats, more stalls and more entertainment for adults and children, some of the latter helping the artist John Cann (see the poster) to add seagulls, figures and colour to his sketch of the creek. The event was a great success.
The Faversham Creek Trust, who is developing the Purifier Building further upstream in the basin for shipwright apprentices, had a prominent stall with a great opportunity to explain their aims and recruit new members.
The Faversham Nautical Festival now seems to have acquired an important role in the town’s calendar and is set to become a regular event and for this we thank Lena for all her hard work and organisational skills.

Sketch by John Cann

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