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Vol­un­teers work­ing to re­store lost sec­tions of the Swansea Canal have en­listed an un­usual ally – the en­gi­neer tasked with fill­ing in the canal back in 1973. Swansea Canal So­ci­ety, work­ing with Glandwr Cymru (the Canal & River Trust in Wales) made con­tact with John Evans, en­gi­neer ap­pointed by Glam­or­gan County Coun­cil to take on the project. He’s been ad­vis­ing vol­un­teers on how best to bring Lock 7 back to life. Martin Davies, a trustee of the Swansea Canal So­ci­ety, ex­plained that al­though Mr Evans had to de­mol­ish parts of the lock, he looked af­ter what was left buried: “So sure was he that one day the lock would re-emerge that he re-pointed all the sur­viv­ing stonework.” Mr Davies added that ”we hope that the So­ci­ety and the CRT can re­store both lock and canal and re­ward John’s act of faith.”

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