THOSE plying their trade on the nation's canals will be visiting Whitchurch next month for a Bank Holiday floating market.

The Roving Canal Traders Association (RCTA) has revealed they will be floating into the Whitchurch Arm of the Llangollen Canal from May 1 to May 3.

The RCTA is a non-profit making organisation run to help support and promote the diverse array of existing and potential Canal and River Trust (CRT) registered roving traders on the nation's waterways.

Since 2013, the RCTA has been holding floating markets, following the success of the inaugural running in Birmingham.

The Covid-19 pandemic affected the running of the floating markets, but a spokesman for the RCTA looked towards May Bank Holiday with optimism.

"Unfortunately, the Coronavirus of 2020 seriously affected plans for more Floating Markets than ever," said the spokesman.

"Sadly, all but a few were cancelled or postponed.

"However, once restrictions were lifted, the Steering Committee were proactive with CRT and local authorities, resulting in a small number of reduced sized but very successful markets towards the latter part of the year.

"In 2021, a number of smaller markets will be taking place, starting from the May Day Bank Holiday.

"We are excited to announce we are holding a May Bank Holiday floating market on the towpath of the Whitchurch Arm of the Llangollen Canal.

"There will be lots of trading boats with interesting crafts on sale showing amazing talent and a range of fantastic unique items available for you to buy."

For more details visit www.rcta.org.uk