Hundreds Attend Caldon 40 Celebrations29 September 2014
On Sunday 28th September, hundreds of visitors gathered to watch the recreation of the ceremony, 40 years to the day in 1974, when the Caldon Canal was reopened to navigation at Top Lock, Cheddleton.
The Waterway Community Day also included historic boats, ‘Pedal Peak’ cycling, boat trips, a discovery trail, canal art, stalls bell ringing, and displays and WOW children’s activities. The Flint Mill was open for visitors to look round.
The weekend of celebrations was organised around IWA’s Annual General Meeting on 27th September 2014.
Julie Arnold, active member of both IWA and Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust (CUCT) said "IWA's North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch and IWA corporate member CUCT, invited IWA to hold its national AGM in Leek during their September weekend of events, planned to mark the 40th anniversary of the reopening of the Caldon Canal. The canal restoration campaign was supported by IWA and Waterway Recovery Group, so it was fitting that a WRG work party team helped stage the celebration event and continue restoration work on the Uttoxeter Canal – all in one weekend!"
Other weekend events included a film night hosted by CUCT on Friday night, and a music, barbecue and beer festival on Saturday night.
Weekend events were organised by IWA's North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch, CUCT, The Beatrice Charity and Stoke-on-Trent Boat Club working in partnership with Canal & River Trust. The Waterway Community Day included support from Cheddleton Flint Mill, local businesses, churches and the parish council – plus Canal & River Trust, Trent & Mersey Canal Society, Staffordshire County Council’s cycling connectivity team and Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership organisations including RSPB and Severn Trent Water.
Photo: Lock Ceremony at Caldon 40 celebrations (photo by (c) Waterway Images)