The 2004 BBCC rally incorporated the AWCC National rally celebrating 40 years of the AWCC.

It took place from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th July 2004. Nearly 200 boats attended.


Canal boats carrying draught beer were once a common sight on the canals of the Midlands. On Wednesday 30th June 2004 this part of history was recreated when a small consignment of beer from Walsh’s Bakehouse Brewery in Warwick was transported by canal boat. The beer was destined for the bar at the Black Buoy Cruising Club’s boat rally and the Cape of Good Hope pub.

Walsh’s Bakehouse Brewery was located in the Margaret Hall Bakery building, which adjoins the Grand Union Canal in Warwick. Managing director of the brewery, Jonathan Walsh, said “The Cape of Good Hope is the nearest pub to our brewery, in fact it is closer by canal than by road.”

Photo: Loading casks of beer at Walsh's Bakehouse Brewery
Preparing to load the casks of beer at Walsh’s Bakehouse Brewery

Steve Jury, then landlord at The Cape of Good Hope, added “Fittingly the beer delivered to us is some casks of ‘Two LLocks’, our house beer. It’s unusual name was suggested by a regular customer. Appropriately these casks have actually ascended the two canal locks which were the inspiration for the name”. [Editors note: The two capital Ls in LLocks is not a misprint – that was the way the beers’ name was written. After the demise of the Bakehouse Brewery, the beer was brewed for a few years by Church End brewery.]

Andrew Laycock, owner of the Antares, the narrowboat used, commented “Unfortunately this is just a one off trip rather than a revival of local canal carrying.”

Photograph: Outside the Cape of Good Hope unloading beer casksTwo LLocks
Outside the Cape of Good Hope, ready to offload two casks of Two LLocks

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