Burnley Canal Festival is a hit

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Hundreds of visitors flocked to enjoy the second annual Burnley Canal Festival.

The festival kicked off with a spectacular fireworks display over Thompson Park as dozens of colourful barges descended on the canal.

Children canoeing in Canadian-style canoes in the canal at Burnley Canal Festival, Burnley 14.09.2013 Pictured; Joshua & Rio Jackson enjoying the Canoeing with instructor from Go outdoor Elements.

Children canoeing in Canadian-style canoes in the canal at Burnley Canal Festival, Burnley 14.09.2013 Pictured; Joshua & Rio Jackson enjoying the Canoeing with instructor from Go outdoor Elements.

Saturday saw sunshine as children tried their hand at canoeing, artists painted and families enjoyed a mix of stalls, activities and live music around the Inn on the Wharf.

The £10m. University Technical College opened it doors for tours and cinema screenings of Burnley’s fascinating canal history proved a success.

Sunday saw rain and wind but it did not fail to dampen the spirits of visitors who enjoyed activities and stalls inside the Inn on the Wharf.

Emma Bartlett, of The Canal and River Trust, said: “We tried some new things at this year’s festival.

“The film show at the technical college went well and the fireworks on Friday were fantastic.

“We had people coming from Liverpool, Blackpool and Warrington.

“The Weavers’ Triangle Visitors Centre had more than 600 visitors come through the doors.

“We had some great feedback. Boaters were saying it is the most friendly canal festival they have been to.”