First time in 65 years as pri­vate boat drops in

COTSWOLD CANALS

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THE FIRST pri­vately owned nar­row­boat is pic­tured be­ing craned into the six-mile ‘Phase 1a’ length of the Cotswold Canals, whose restora­tion is near­ing com­ple­tion.

Polly and Neil Fothergill’s 42ft boat In­trigue was lifted into the canal below Dud­bridge Locks, on the west side of Stroud. She joins the var­i­ous work­boats and the Cotswold Canals Trust (CCT) trip-boat al­ready on the wa­ter­way.

Although lim­ited to the iso­lated length from Stone­house to below Brim­scombe Port for now, the own­ers hope that this year’s CCT bid for fund­ing from the Lottery for the next length of canal from Stone­house to Saul (see April) will be suc­cess­ful and their craft will once again have ac­cess to the whole net­work in around five years’ time.

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