PRESS RELEASE: IWA’s National Campaign Festival Honoured with an Award

Issue date: 1st November 2016

IWA’s National Campaign Festival 2016 – the Eldonian Village Canal Festival – has won recognition for its contribution to events marking the Bicentenary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, receiving the Chairman’s Special Award from the Canal & River Trust North West Waterways Partnership, as well as coming second in the Outstanding Contribution Award category.

The Festival, held in the centre of Liverpool at the award-winning Eldonian Village, was a significant community event.  Joining together with the Eldonian Housing Trust, Liverpool Culture and Canal & River Trust, IWA Chester & Merseyside branch members worked with local schools and residents to highlight what a wonderful resource lay on their doorsteps.

Work parties and clean-ups during the months before the event, as well as youth engagement activities such as tutored angling sessions organised for local schools, transformed the whole area and gave residents a new perspective on their stretch of waterway.  Thousands visited during the weekend of the Festival in June and many commented that it was the “best thing that had ever happened in the area”.

The Special Award trophy was presented by Bob Pointing, Chairman of CRT North West Waterways Partnership at a gala dinner in Blackburn on 19 October, and was received by Peter Bolt and Jim Mole on behalf of IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch.

Two of the awards presented on the evening were sponsored by IWA from the Lancashire Canal restricted fund which was created from a legacy left to IWA with the proceeds to be spent on waterways in Lancashire.  The award for Heritage was presented to Historic Short Boat Kennet (Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society) and the award for Volunteer of the Year was presented to Les Dundon, who works tirelessly on both IWA and CRT work parties.

ENDS

Photographs

Jim Mole and Peter Bolt receiving the Award on behalf of IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch.
Photo by Julie Turner

Higher resolution versions and alternative images available on request.

Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

The Inland Waterways Association

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a 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.
IWA - Keeping our waterways alive.
www.waterways.org.uk

Photo: Jim Mole and Peter Bolt receiving the Award on behalf of IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch.
Photo by Julie Turner

Higher resolution versions and alternative images available on request.