Following a lively evening of public talks at the Town Hall on the regeneration of the Banbury canalside, the second Banbury Civic Society canal event was a coach trip to the West Midlands on Sunday 6th September. The intention was to see how similar towns are developing their canalsides and the party was surprised on the whole to discover how attractive these unpublicised Midland towns are. The party visited the Diglis Basin and River Severn at Worcester, the four canal basins and riverside of the inland port of Stourport-on-Severn, the linear Vines Park in the centre of Droitwich and some of the new Droitwich canal works at Hanbury. On the way home the coach stopped to see the Stratford Canal where it meets the river at Stratford on Avon. The weather was kind and, despite the very tight schedule, there was time to walk by the canal- and river-sides and enjoy coffee by the Cathedral at Worcester, lunch on the wharf at Stourport and tea at Stratford. Banbury Civic Society worked with Worcester Tourist Information Office, British Waterways, Stourport Forward and the Droitwich Canals Trust who made the party feel welcome at each stop.
The coach trip was part of a series of Canalside regeneration events organised by the Society.