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Pocklington Canal re­opens, Marple stays shut, IWA heads for Waltham Abbey in 2019, and an in-depth look at the issues of wa­ter short­age, now and for the long-term fu­ture

An­other two miles and two locks on the Pocklington Canal have re­opened to nav­i­ga­tion fol­low­ing restora­tion from dere­lic­tion – and trip-boat New Hori­zons is pic­tured cut­ting the tape to de­clare Thornton Lock open as part of the cel­e­bra­tions.

The open­ing was the cul­mi­na­tion of ef­forts by the Pocklington Canal Amenity So­ci­ety, whose ma­jor fundrais­ing ap­peal was sup­ported by the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion’s Tony Har­ri­son Legacy, run­ning in par­al­lel with a Her­itage Lot­tery Fund sup­ported project by the Canal & River Trust which com­bined canal restora­tion and na­ture con­ser­va­tion work. It was fol­lowed by a week­end cel­e­bra­tory rally which also marked the East York­shire canal’s bi­cen­te­nary.

This re­open­ing brings the re­stored nav­i­ga­ble length to five miles and four locks, from the River Der­went at East Cot­ting­with to the Bielby Arm. There re­main a fur­ther four miles and five locks be­tween there and the orig­i­nal ter­mi­nus at Canal Head just out­side Pocklington. But with two of those locks al­ready re­stored, an­other ap­peal un­der way, and vol­un­teers (in­clud­ing Wa­ter­way Re­cov­ery Group) look­ing to be­gin work on a third lock, full re­open­ing may not be too many years away.

See page 42 for a re­port and pic­tures from the re­open­ing.

Cut­ting the tape at the re­stored Thornton Lock

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