Staveley Town Lock opened just in time for IWA's Trailboat Festival

Staveley Town Lock opened just in time for IWA's Trailboat Festival

01 June 2016

With hours to spare, the first boat cruised through Staveley Town Lock ahead of IWA’s Trailboat Festival.  The event, which took place over the Bank Holiday Weekend, was combined with the Chesterfield Canal Trust's annual Festival to promote the restoration of the Chesterfield Canal.

The opening of the lock was the culmination of a massive effort by volunteers from Chesterfield Canal Trust and IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group, to finish building the lock and a further 300 yards of canal beyond it.Since 2011 WRG volunteers have contributed over 10,000 hours towards the restoration of Staveley Town Basin, helping with block laying, putting in footings and assisting with many concrete pours.

During the festival boats gave trips through the newly opened lock.  Dozens of trailboats and thousands of visitors attended the event, which also featured illuminated boats, canoeing and WRG’s learn to bricklay and digger driving experiences for the navvies of the future.

Photo: First boat through Staveley Town Lock with CCT volunteers
Photos: Top - Working on the lower basin and bottom - laying concrete blocks.

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