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Max Sinclair wins English Heritage Angel Award

Max Sinclair, the founder of the Droitwich canals restoration movement, has been awarded an English Heritage Angel Award for "Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site" for the now-reopened Droitwich Barge and Junction canals

Sponsored by Lord Lloyd Webber, the English Heritage Angel Awards honour individuals and local groups rescuing heritage sites on English Heritage's ‘Heritage at Risk‘ Register.

Abandoned in 1939 and severed by the M5 motorway in the 1970s, the canals were overgrown, silted up and missing most of its operational parts. From the 1960s Max Sinclair wrote letters and lobbied locally, inspiring the creation of the Droitwich Canals Trust in 1973.

Over the years many volunteers contributed time and energy to the restoration project, raising funds and carrying out many of the tasks needed to restore the canals. In 2004, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £4.6 million towards the £11 million project and British Waterways agreed to a final restoration push in 2007. After 38 years of work the Droitwich Canals were finally opened in July 2011.

Monday 22 October  | Andrew Denny  | 3.06pm, Monday 22 October 2012

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