VIDEO: Foxton Locks festival

Organisersof this year’s Foxton Locks Festival weekend have said it was easily the best one in the event’s history.

More than 12,750 visitors were estimated to have attended throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Chris Frape 10, Adam Pittendreigh and Mikie Diggins, eight, during the Foxton festival

Chris Frape 10, Adam Pittendreigh and Mikie Diggins, eight, during the Foxton festival

There was a mixed assortment of music, lots of boats, traction engines, classic cars, crafts and animals on display.

And there was lots to entertain the children with the Saxon village and battles proving to be particularly popular.

Mike Beech, from Foxton Canal Museum and one of the event’s organisers, said: “This year’s festival really was the best we have ever organised.

“Helped by brilliant weather, we had a fantastic variety of things for people to do and see.”

There were several historic working boats on the locks while people on terra firma were trading everything from sweets to boat fenders.

The traction engines came from Harborough-based Welland Valley Vintage Traction Club and members of the Leicestershire branch of the MG Owners’ Club were out in force. It was also supported by the 4x4 Response Club and among others, Harborough firm Kwik Cabs, which sponsored the children’s art competition and provided free transport to the event from Harborough town centre.

The Saturday highlight was arguably the dog show with large numbers of entries for categories such as the prettiest female and waggiest tail.

It was run by Harborough and District Canine Society and was sponsored by Harborough’s Town and Country Veterinary Centre.

Mr Beech added: “Final figures have yet to be ascertained but we must have made a worthwhile profit which will be spent on Foxton Canal Museum as well as other site projects.

“A very big thank you must go to all of those that gave services for free or sponsored events, and to the team of volunteers who ran the event and did all the work before, during and after.

“The team, led by Ann Bushby, did a wonderful job.”