Royal re­con­nec­tion

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THE Prince of Wales is pictured cut­ting a tape to sym­bol­i­cally re­con­nect the re­stored lengths of the Thames & Sev­ern Canal and the Stroud­wa­ter Nav­i­ga­tion in the cen­tre of Stroud – and mark the com­ple­tion of restora­tion of the Phase 1a length of the Cotswold Canals from below Brim­scombe to Stone­house.

Well, not quite the com­ple­tion: as the in­set pic­ture shows, there were Cotswold Canals Trust vol­un­teers still hard at work com­plet­ing the sur­fac­ing around the bot­tom gates at Wall­bridge Lower Lock, and His Royal High­ness was in­tro­duced to them af­ter dis­em­bark­ing fol­low­ing a short ride from Wall­bridge Up­per Lock on trip-boat Per­se­v­er­ence.

The restora­tion is at a crit­i­cal stage with a de­ci­sion due in April on ma­jor Lot­tery fund­ing for Phase 1b length – the vi­tal link to the na­tional net­work at Saul Junc­tion. The Prince re­ferred to the work still to be done – say­ing that it would be a “great achieve­ment” but re­mark­ing wryly that he might not live to see it done.

Prince Charles cuts the rib­bon

Vol­un­teers ex­plain the work

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