PRESS RELEASE: A New Attraction for Northampton

Issue date: 30th April 2018

The new mosaic nature trail on the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal, featuring 34 mosaic designs, was officially inaugurated by Northamptonshire Deputy Lieutenant Joan Kirkbride on 21st April 2018 at a small event hosted by waterways charity, The Inland Waterways Association (IWA). The finished trail boasts two mosaic panels at each of the locks of the Northampton Arm, one recording an aspect of canal life, the other forming part of the nature trail with a letter identifying the aspect of nature pictured. The trail doubles up as a challenge for children, to collect all the letters and work out the phrase they spell. In return they will be rewarded with a Certificate of Achievement.  For full details of the Challenge, visit IWA Northampton Branch web pages.

This exciting new attraction was made possible by a legacy from John Faulkner – a long-standing and active supporter of IWA, the hard work of volunteers from IWA’s Northampton Branch led by locals Geoff Wood and Mick Butler, the designs of pupils from local primary schools, Gayton, Briar Hill and Delapre, and the talent of mosaic expert David Bowers.

At the unveiling, at Lock 10 at the heart of the Rothersthorpe flight Mrs Kirkbride observed “It makes me very proud to be here on this lovely day to support such an ambitious and enterprising venture. The canals in Northamptonshire are one of the county’s greatest assets, sometimes sadly not appreciated as fully as they should be by the general public. But what has been achieved here on the Arm by all the volunteers is quite remarkable, helping to make the canal environment so attractive and welcoming. Hearty congratulations to all involved. May your good work continue.”

IWA volunteer Mick Butler told those assembled that indeed the good work would continue as “plans are already well advanced for a large-scale mural under the M1 bridge depicting the history of Northampton – this is just a short walk from Lock 10 and is an area which has been blighted by graffiti for years. Watch this space for an exciting transformation.”

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Photographs

The inauguration of the new mosaic trail on the Northampton Branch of the Grand Union Canal. Photo shows Northamptonshire Deputy Lieutenant Joan Kirkbride (far right of picture) alongside IWA volunteers and other gathered dignitaries.  Credit:Kathryn Dodington

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For further information please contact Alicen Stenner, IWA Press Office, by emailing alicen.stenner@waterways.org.uk or phoning 01494 783453



Notes for Editors

About The Inland Waterways Association


The Inland Waterways Association is the membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
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Photo: The inauguration of the new mosaic trail on the Northampton Branch of the Grand Union Canal. Photo shows Northamptonshire Deputy Lieutenant Joan Kirkbride (far right of picture) alongside IWA volunteers and other gathered dignitaries.  Credit:Kathryn Dodington


Higher resolution photograph and alternative images available on request.