Thousands flock to Middleport


THE Canal & River Trust welcomed nearly 28,000 visitors to the towpath in Middleport from August 2 – September 16.

The Trent & Mersey Canal, which runs through Stoke on Trent, was the perfect vantage point for visitors viewing a nationally-important poppy art installation which was on display at Middleport Pottery for the six-week period.

David Baldacchino from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The canal and pottery have always been inextricably linked. As 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, the ceramic poppies have extra poignancy and the towpath offered a perfect place to view them.

“The canal in Stoke-on-Trent provides the local community with valuable green and blue space in a busy urban area. We hope that many of the visitors who came along will have seen the beauty of the canal that runs through Stoke and plan many more visits in the future.”

Additionally, the Trust’s volunteers gave up 1755 hours between them during this period to assist visitors with way finding, providing history knowledge and answering questions about the local canal here.