THE Grantham Canal Discovery Day on Sunday October 9 was a great success enjoying sunny weather for most of the day.
Over 700 visitors came to the event based at the Grantham Canal Society’s Woolsthorpe depot. Around 80 people either walked along the towpath or took the Waterway Recovery Group’s shuttle service to see the ongoing restoration project at Lock 15 and about 120 enjoyed a cruise on the GCS trip boat the Three Shires.
Officially opening the event, Grantham MP Nick Boles said it was his first visit and he congratulated Grantham Canal Society on the work they are doing. “We want to see this canal operating into the heart of Grantham like it used to do,” he added.
Canal & River Trust chief executive Richard Parry made a surprise appearance and also visited Lock 15 to see the progress of the work which is being carried out by CRT and Grantham Canal Society volunteers with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wren and other funding bodies.
A cheque for £500 was also presented to the society by the Doric Lodge of Freemasons.
The event, which was compered by Suzie Sparkles, culminated in the popular ‘dirty duck race’ along the bywash of lock 16.
Here is a selection of photos from the event