‘Mr Leeds & Liver­pool’ lock

LEEDS & LIVER­POOL

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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

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