Talk cov­ers long his­tory of canal

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to go along to the next meet­ing of the La­nark­shire Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety.

The April speaker will be Tom Lawton on‘The Forth and Clyde Canal, Past and Present’.

His talk will range from the canal’s con­cep­tion in the 18th cen­tury to its de­cline and clo­sure in the 1960s.

He will also cover its re­open­ing in 2001 as part of the Mil­len­nium Link project, which was the largest canal restora­tion un­der­taken any­where in Bri­tain.

In its hey­day the 35-mile long canal pro­vided a route for seago­ing ves­sels to travel be­tween the Forth and Clyde, run­ning from the River Car­ron at Grange­mouth to the River Clyde at Bowl­ing.

Tom will also cover some of the re­cent projects as­so­ci­ated with the canal.

These in­clude the fa­mous Kelpies at Falkirk Pinkston Water­sports – Glas­gow’s com­mu­nity pad­dle­sports cen­tre; and the Scot­tish Water­ways Trust’s Canal Col­lege – an out­doors her­itage skills train­ing pro­gramme for young peo­ple.

The meet­ing takes place at 7pm on Thurs­day, April 14, in the GLO Cen­tre, Muir Street, Motherwell.

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