Search is on for canal lovers!

Canal lovers in action! Bob Alston ( left) and Jason Moore learned to be volunteer lock-keepers on last summer’s pilot project. Picture courtesy Scottish Waterways Trust

THE search is on for canal lovers. And that’s people who love canals, rather than young lovers enjoying a romantic embrace by the canal on a summer’s evening!

For the Scottish Waterways Trust is running its ‘Love your Canal’ project again this summer on the Forth & Clyde Canal in North Glasgow. The move follows a highly-successful pilot in 2016, which saw volunteers put in 1500 hours of their time on the canal after they ‘adopted’ it.

After training by Scottish Canals staff, volunteers will operate locks to help boost boating traffic. They’ll also learn a range of skills, including emergency, first aid and repairing and maintaining the canal’s historic masonry, with awards and certificates up for grabs.

The canal lovers will muster from now until the end of October between locks 21 and 27 at Maryhill, and the call has gone out for more volunteers.

Tracey Peedle, Scottish Waterways Trust’s development director, said: “We were overwhelmed by the resounding success of our ‘Love your Canal’ project last summer, and are delighted to bring the project back to North Glasgow, with the support of our partners, Scottish Canals.”

And volunteer lock-keeper Bob Alston says last year turned him into a committed canal lover. “I didn’t know what to expect, but, for me, the best part was the lock keeping. I’m now a fully-trained, volunteer lock-keeper.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer this year should phone Alan on 07768951740 or email alan@scottishwaterwaystrust.org.uk

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