It was well worth the effort. Apart from the expected (ships and boats, food and drink) there were some added delights. The Great War seemed to be a theme, with re-creations of life at the front, and not only for the British soldiers, as the Germans got a look-in too.
The massive turnout meant a few bottlenecks as people strolled along the waterfront but that didn't affect the general good-humour. It goes without saying that the hostelries along the waterfront were overflowing, and I was able to enjoy a welcome pint in Isaacs. Batman also loaned me the Batmobile for the event, and it drew a curious crowd when I parked it.