Issue date: 16th May 2013
The Towpath Taskforce/IWA Manchester Branch clean up of the 27th April was carried out on the Rochdale Nine commencing at Lock 92. About a dozen people met up with the aim of cleaning as far along the Nine as possible.
As usual people were able to choose between painting, litter picking or grappling and teams were set up on that basis.
The litter picking team pitched in to remove broken glass from beneath the veranda’s of the bars and clubs between locks 91 and 90, whilst the grappling team removed various items including a security fence. On moving up to lock 89 the grapplers were given dire warning regarding the canal drain plug situated just below lock 89.
A large island of debris was netted below lock 88 whilst further fencing and signs were recovered from above the same lock. A reluctant halt was called at 3.45 pm followed by a warm sense of achievement as volunteers walked back down a pristine towpath and passed the spotless paintwork.
Photo by Steve Connolly