Issue date: 16th May 2013
Volunteers from IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch, supported by members of the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, held two work parties this month in order to paint the mileposts on the Caldon Canal between Etruria Junction and Hazelhurst Junction. The task was chosen in order to spruce up the appearance of the mileposts ahead of next year’s anniversary celebrations which will see 40 years since the re-opening of the Caldon Canal in 1974. Some of the mileposts are the original Trent & Mersey Canal Company (original proprietors of the Caldon Canal) mileposts, whilst the others are the replacement replicas which were installed in the late 1970s and early 1980s by the then Caldon Canal Society.
On the first session on Thursday 2nd May, the volunteers split into 3 teams and worked their way from both ends of the canal, meeting in the middle, by which time all ten mileposts had been wire-brushed and painted with black paint.
A week later, Thursday 9th May, two teams carried out a similar exercise to paint the white surfaces. Unfortunately rain in the afternoon prevented all the mileposts from being completed, but within the next week or so volunteers will return to finish the job leaving the mileposts looking clean and bright for all the visitors to the canal this summer and next.
Photos by Alison Smedley and Bob Luscombe.