Olympic re-awak­en­ing

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AS THE COUNT­DOWN to the Rio Olympics en­tered its fi­nal few weeks, East Lon­don looked back four years to its own Games, and for­ward to the re­open­ing of the Olympic Park wa­ter­ways with a spe­cial cruise around the Bow Back Rivers fol­low­ing their re­de­vel­op­ment since 2012.

More than 70 boats at­tended the event on Satur­day 9 July, or­gan­ised by the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion’s North & East Lon­don Branch, the Canal & River Trust, Lon­don Legacy and the St Pan­cras Cruis­ing Club.

Be­cause of the num­ber of boats tak­ing part, plus a length of the Bow Back Rivers Loop still be­ing un­avail­able fol­low­ing Cross­rail works, the boats were split into two groups for the trip. One be­gan with an out-and-back trip into the Olympic Park from Old Ford via the Old River Lee and City Mill River; the other ap­proached via St Thomas’ Creek, City Mill Lock, Wa­ter­works River and re­turn – be­fore the two con­voys swapped over. Af­ter­wards, they re­turned to Brom­ley-by-Bow for an event hosted by Lon­don Legacy and CRT at the lo­cal brew­ery to cel­e­brate.

“It was fan­tas­tic to be on board one of the boats on this spe­cial cruise,” said IWA Na­tional Chair­man Les Etheridge. “IWA Lon­don Re­gion is help­ing to fi­nan­cially sup­port the restora­tion of Car­pen­ters Road Lock and ev­ery­one looks for­ward to the day when it is open and the full Bow Back Rivers can be ex­plored.”

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