Poirot gets clued-up on restora­tion

LICHFIELD CANAL

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WA­TER­WAYS SUP­PORTER AND ac­tor David Suchet (pic­tured, cen­tre) un­veiled a BCN bound­ary post along­side the Lichfield Canal and took the op­por­tu­nity to catch up on a decade of progress of the canal’s restora­tion since his last visit.

Mr Suchet, a Vice Pres­i­dent of the Lichfield & Hather­ton Canals Restora­tion Trust, met the Trust’s vol­un­teers and was given a tour

of its achieve­ments, at Lichfield’s Darn­ford Park, Bor­row­cop Locks Canal Park and the Crane Brook cross­ing (near the aqueduct over the M6 Toll, which the Trust’s David Suchet Ap­peal helped to fund in 2003).

The fi­nal site vis­ited, by the Boat Inn on Wal­sall Road, was the set­ting for the un­veil­ing of the re­fur­bished post, one of many which were used on the Birm­ing­ham Canal Nav­i­ga­tions sys­tem (of which the Lichfield formed a part) to indicate the edge of the com­pany’s land.

The Poirot star de­clared him­self “as­ton­ished” at the progress made, and vowed to con­tinue to “do all I can to help the canals be put back to their for­mer glory”.

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