‘Mr Leeds & Liverpool’ lock
LEEDS & LIVERPOOL
LOCK 38 OF the Bank Newton flight on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal now has a new name – the Mike Clarke Lock, named in tribute to the canal’s historian in its bicentenary year.
Mr Clarke, who was born in Liverpool, has restored a Leeds & Liverpool working boat and lived aboard, founded the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society, worked as a restoration engineer at the Lancashire Textile Museums, is about to become president of the Railway & Canal Historical Society, and wrote the popular book The Leeds & Liverpool Canal: a history – a new edition of which was launched at the naming ceremony.
“Mike Clarke is Mr Leeds & Liverpool,” as Waterway Manager Chantelle Seaborn put it. “More than anyone, he has promoted this wonderful waterway to the public.”
Invited to choose a lock to bear his name, he picked