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The Editor's cut... Welcome to the summer issue of Shroppie Fly Paper, which as usual is full of news and views from around our branch area and, occasionally, a little further afield. The festival season kicked off in style once more at Norbury, where SNCT’s potentially risky weather strategy of selecting the first bank holiday weekend of the year paid off again. Although perhaps not quite as glorious as last year, 2014’s festival enjoyed enough sunshine to bring the crowds flocking to the junction to enjoy the pub, the boats and the traders’ offerings. Isn’t it strange how the second May bank holiday weekend is often worse than the first? The Crick Show suffered once again, this time with an epic storm of almost biblical proportions. That didn’t seem to dampen the mood of the visiting public, though. The waterways media and individual traders have reported a greater sense of optimism and an increased level of visitor spending, which is encouraging to hear. We still have plenty of our own shows coming up during the summer, with Audlem, Whitchurch and Maesbury still to enjoy. And towards the end of September IWA is holding its national annual general meeting on the Caldon Canal in the Staffordshire Moorlands at Leek, which is not at all far from our area. Hopefully, many of you will be able to attend both the open meeting and the associated festivities that will be taking place over the AGM weekend. Elsewhere in these pages you will see that we have secured the services of someone who should be a fascinating speaker for our Autumn Social Evening & Talk in November. John Yates, who lives within the branch area at Wem, is a man with a very full CV, having worked coal-carrying narrowboats for years and now an active contributor to English Heritage and multiple CRT committees. See page 16 for details of the event. And finally, let's welcome the return of Michael Limbrey as our branch chairman. Michael needs little or no introduction to many of our readers, but for those who are unfamiliar with his name he has been an ardent supporter of the work of the IWA, particularly its restoration efforts, over more years than he cares to admit. One imagines that Michael will have been as delighted as the rest of us, if not even more so, to have witnessed the re-watering of the latest stretch of the Montgomery Canal in early June. Well done to the SUCS volunteers, whom we fervently hope can keep going, with some WRG assistance, to Llanymynech and beyond! Michael Haig Next copy date: October 15, 2014 Summer 2014

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Shroppie Fly Paper is the newsletter of the Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch of The Inland Waterways Association.