LBS: A history

The PM, Margaret Thatcher, opening the Boat Show, 1979

The first National Boat Show took place in 1954, sponsored by the Daily Express and held at Olympia.

And with a recorded attendance of 120,850, it exceeded all expectations.

In year two attendance rose by 44,000, however the distraction of the Bertram Mills Circus, taking place at the same venue at the same time with only a heavy canvas curtain dividing the two shows, meant another venue was required and the show moved to Earls Court in 1960.

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