Hillmorton Locks welcomes 9000th boat through the flight

CROWNED the ‘busiest set of locks in England and Wales’, Hillmorton Locks retains its title, as it welcomes the 9000th boat through its flight.

Located on the Oxford Canal in Rugby, it was recorded as the busiest set of locks on the nation’s 2000 miles of waterways cared for and looked after by the Canal and River Trust, during 2018.

Lead volunteer Taryn with David and Helen on board North Star. PHOTO: CRT

Helped through by the charity’s volunteer lock keepers, North Star, skippered by David & Helen from West Yorkshire, was the 9000th boat to the pass through the locks this year. As a memento for being part of the milestone moment, the Trust’s volunteers awarded them with a certificate.

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Lead volunteer Taryn, said: “The locks at Hillmorton are a great place to volunteer as there is always a boat needing our help to tackle the locks and help ease their journey along the canal.”

“I really love being out on the canal, everyday is different and it’s lovely to help people on their way providing information such as where the nearest place is to grab a drink in a pub or a pint of milk from the shop.”

The Canal & River Trust’s volunteer lock keepers act as the ‘face of the canal’, lending a hand to look after the canal, offer help to boaters and provide people with local information about the area.

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Adnan Saif, Regional Director at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Our volunteers help boaters on the canal throughout the year and are a really valuable part of the team and I would like to thank them for all their hard work and dedication.”

“Hillmorton is a really popular part of the waterways and I’m sure anyone travelling through the locks will be delighted to see our volunteers lending a hand.”

For more information on the Canal & River Trust including how you can volunteer and donate money to support our work visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

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