2:02pm Tuesday 15th October 2013
HUNDREDS of visitors walked along the bottom of the newly restored canal at Dudbridge this week.
The open days on Friday and Saturday gave the public a unique opportunity to walk along the bottom of the canal before it is filled with water.
Stroud District Council masterminded the canal walk to mark the arrival of four brand new canal gates which were installed by workmen on Thursday, October 3.
The two sets of imposing lock gates were produced by a specialist manufacturer in Yorkshire and were fashioned from oak and weighed more than 10 tonnes in total.
Cllr Simon Pickering, the Green chairman of SDC’s environment committee, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for the public to see canal restoration at first hand.
“Once water is let in, there will never be another chance to walk in Dudbridge Upper Lock. It was a unique opportunity and something to tell the grandchildren about in years to come.”
The £300,000 scheme to connect the two stretches of water at Dudbridge has involved the removal of 1960s weirs, the replacement of decayed brickwork and the hanging of the smart new lock gates.
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