SEA shanties were sung as the Easter Boat Gathering started at the National Waterways Museum.
About 50 boats from across the canal network arrived at the four-day event, from April 6-9, along with musicians from across Europe as part of the Sea Shanty Festival.
Festivities started on Good Friday morning when the colourful cavalcade arrived from Chester.
The day was filled with fun family events at the historic row of cottages, children’s workshops and demonstrations and lectures for heritage buffs. The museum’s mighty steam engine also steamed in for the first time this year.
The fun continued on Saturday and Sunday with even more music and crafts.
Sunday saw the spectacular battle of the tug boats and the Gathering was rounded off on Easter Monday with drumming workshops, ghost tours and Victorian fun and games.
The Easter Boat Gathering is the biggest weekend in the museum’s calendar and the attraction welcomed hundreds of members of the public.