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WILD WEST ACTION COMES TO THE NORTH-WEST’S ANDERTON BOAT LIFT ON SATURDAY 17 – SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

WildWest

The Wild West, complete with gun slingers, bandits and Texas rangers will be coming to Cheshire’s Anderton Boat Lift from Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 September. This weekend of free family fun, follows the huge success of the Lift’s Viking Weekend earlier in the year and will be performed by Lonestar, the country’s biggest Western re-enactment group. Gates at the Lift near Northwich in Cheshire, open between 10.30am – 5pm.

The event will see the grounds of the Anderton Boat Lift, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’ transformed by authentic living history displays, including a mine and two small camps. In the camps, visitors can view ‘Living History’, seeing for themselves how people in the Wild West lived and cooked without electricity and running water. In addition to these demonstrations, there will be will be two thrilling ‘live action’ shows on each day, starting at 11am and 2pm. These will feature a dramatic ‘show down’ between Mexican bandits and gold mine prospectors.

Throughout the day, visitors can see the Sherriff and Preacher trying to reform wrong-doers, claim jumpers and troublesome cowboys. Visitors will find out what happens when worthless shares in the gold mine are sold and there will be a gun display. Children can throw horseshoes and the visitors will encounter the Temperance Society inviting the public to sign the pledge. Although there will not be American Natives at the weekend, there will be an American Native exhibition.

Sandbach-based, Lonestar organiser, Moe Treweek, said: “This is the first time that Lonestar has visited the Anderton Boat Lift and we can’t wait to bring Lonestar’s authentic Wild West experience to Cheshire. Many of us grew up watching Western films on television but there are so many aspects of the living in the Wild West that people don’t really know about and find fascinating. We want to show that while this was a hard life, there were many attractions, not least the diversity and pioneering spirit of the people and the chance they had to shape their own lives. We welcome anyone who would like a really different and thrilling day out.”

Tim Turner, Anderton Boat Lift’s General Manager, said: “With its terraced grounds leading down to the River Weaver, the Anderton Boat Lift’s site is a spectacular setting for this action-packed family event. Visitors can also tour the Lift’s free interactive exhibition, use the play area, visit the shop or simply watch events unfold from the tree-top Coffee Shop. Alternatively, they may wish to pay and take a boat tour down the River Weaver or experience what it feels like to be magically transported through the Lift by this piece of Victorian engineering.a boat trip through the giant Lift.”

For all boat trips, booking is advisable on 01606 786 777. The Anderton Boat Lift is owned by the Canal and River Trust and was restored in 2002 after a £7 million restoration made possible due to a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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