L& L’s 200th birthday trip
LEEDS & LIVERPOOL
HISTORIC LEEDS & LIVERPOOL Canal working ‘short boat’ Kennet is pictured calling at Skipton during a cruise along the length of the 127-mile canal to mark the bicentenary of its opening.
The longest British canal built as a single entity, the Leeds & Liverpool’s completion in 1816 after 46 years’ work was marked by pealing church bells, cheering crowds and brass bands as a ceremonial first boat completed the journey. Kennet, operated by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society, led a flotilla on a re-creation of that original journey – complete with crowds, bands and bell-ringing.
The convoy left Leeds on 15 October and was scheduled to reach Liverpool on 23 October, marking the end of a year of celebrations including reinstating the canal’s missing mileposts and the performance of a specially commissioned musical work.