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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.

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