TIM & PRU SUPPORT MONTGOMERY APPEAL
Celebrity canal boaters and actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales have added their backing to the £300,000 appeal to raise money to rebuild School House Bridge and reopen the Montgomery Canal as far as the Welsh border at Llanymynech.
In their message of support for the Bridge the Gap appeal, the stars
of Channel 4’s Great
Canal Journeys said that the Monty was “one of our most beautiful and historic canals”, and that using volunteers for much of the work would enable this length to be reopened at an affordable cost.
The bridge is the only remaining major obstruction on the English length of the canal. Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust Chairman Michael Limbrey said it was “vital to rebuild Schoolhouse Bridge if we are to bring boats back to Llanymynech and mid-Wales”. He explained that a retired engineer has been working as a volunteer on a design which can then be largely built by volunteers, bringing the cost down by two thirds compared to using professional contractors.
The appeal has already raised half of its £300,000 target. To support it, see the leaflet included with this issue of Canal Boat, or visit restorethemont gomerycanal.uk.