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Lock gate being installed in Newport
Canals can be a mucky business!
Although not the only work I’ve covered over the past few weeks I do seem to have done my fair share of covering the dirtier side of the waterways. Firstly there was the quagmire that is (or was) the basin at Wappenshall in Telford being excavated by a loyal group of volunteers who are shifting tones of mud and debris. It is hard and dirty work but they are getting there and the end results will be worthy of all their hard work.
Then, and a far smaller scale, was the installation of a pair of decorative lock gates in Newport. These gates had been part of the Audlem flight of locks before they were refurbished and cut down to fit in their new location. When their new balance beams are fitted the area will, once again, look more like a canal. It is just a shame that the Newport Canal is a shadow of its former self but maybe one day it will be fully restored and open for traffic.
Here’s hoping for some cleaner locations over the coming weeks!