L& L’s 200th birth­day trip

LEEDS & LIVER­POOL

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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.

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