The KSA hosted the third Faversham Nautical Festival over the weekend of 12–13 July and, like the earlier ones, it was a resounding success. It was another lovely weekend, despite the odd shower, and all the boats that had planned to attend made it; that was a relief as it had blown hard during the week and there was a risk that some might have called it all off. Boats of all shapes and sizes arrived at the top of the creek and, ‘dressed over all’, looked magnificent.

Over the two days thousands of visitors looked over the barges and tugs, and the children, in particular, loved the miniature galleon pirate ship. On the top of the tide some smaller boats took to the water, including the Dover Bronze Age boat, which took volunteers out for a little paddling, 3,000BC style. The green filled with visitors enjoying the music, refreshment and barbecues and looking at the information boards, and it was brought home to many just how important the creek is to the character of the town.

The KSA stall did very well as did those of the Creek Trust and the Sea Cadets.
On Swan Quay, Wilkinson Sails, Alan Staley and Alison, and Alan Thorne displayed their wares, while the Canterbury Archaeological Trust exhibited the Dover Boat and had displays of bronze age tools being used. This year the Brents Community Association organised a selection of stalls and activities on the Front Brents which were well attended.


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