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Monday 17 October

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  • 100ft ‘Bigman’ statue by Kelpies sculptor earmarked for new canal bridge scotsman.com

    Plans for a new landmark canal bridge – which could include a giant human figure by Kelpies designer Andy Scott – are to be revived. The “Bigman” sculpture, more than 100ft high, was to have been the centrepiece of the Glasgow project before it was shelved during the recession. However, Scottish Canals has produced a new design for the bridge following the success of the Kelpies and nearby Falkirk Wheel boat lift. ...


Monday 3 October

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  • Fish Island on the Lee Navigation, "the new Shoreditch" telegraph.co.uk

    In a desolate corner of Tower Hamlets, east London, property developers have found a new gold mine. It is considered to be the new Shoreditch: a 50-acre tangle of industrial buildings and artists’ studios on a peninsula of land, surrounded by canals overlooking the Olympic Park. Surrounded by Rosie and Jim-style canal boats, it is the triangle where Hackney Cut meets the Hertford Union Canal and the River Lea. It was originally full of Victorian homes for workers in industries on the canal, but was then destroyed during the Blitz. Later, it was turned into light industrial buildings, for waste disposal and recycling....

  • Canal paedo ring exposed: Cop's claim probed as he says he was 'warned of being silenced' dailystar.co.uk

    Scotland Yard closed down investigations into a canal-based paedophile ring, claims a police whistleblower. Met officer John Wedger says he was warned he would be silenced and “thrown to the wolves” if his findings ever got out. The Daily Star says police chiefs pulled the plug on his inquiry which revealed scores of sex offenders living on canal barges....


Wednesday 28 September

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  • War of the waterways as young boat owners disturb the peace telegraph.co.uk

    But canal life is fast becoming dominated by younger boaters, setting up a clash of generations on the water. Growing numbers of young people are choosing to live on houseboats along Britain's riverbanks and towpaths, leading to tensions between them and more traditional and older canal goers. Arguments over loud parties and rows about a shortage of mooring spaces have become a more common site along the country’s once tranquil waterways. ...


Wednesday 21 September

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Friday 16 September

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  • Boater in bid to reclaim thousands from CRT for seizing his boat newarkadvertiser.co.uk

    A river-dweller whose narrowboat was seized by officials from the banks of the River Trent is now at the centre of an important High Court test case. The 34-ft 'Three Wise Monkeys' is Leigh Ravenscroft's pride and joy and he moored the boat he restored himself on the river at Farndon. He did so with permission from the owner of the Farndon Ferry, but the Canal and River Trust insisted that he needed to pay for a pleasure boat licence. ...


Wednesday 14 September

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  • Salford canal heritage inspires new starvationer replica on the Bridgewater Canal salfordonline.com

    Nine Salford men are about to see their shared dream float on the Bridgewater Canal. Men from communities along the Bridgewater Canal have spent a year building a boat inspired by those once used in the Duke of Bridgewater’s coal mines in 1761 and will launch it at 1pm on Friday 23 September. The project, named Minecrafting, is part of Est.1761, a programme of activities to inspire and engage local communities with the story of the Bridgewater Canal in Salford as it undergoes a £5.5million restoration thanks to £3.6million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from Salford City Council and Peel Holdings....


Thursday 1 September

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  • Kelpies models take up residence at Caledonian Canal scotsman.com

    Scale models of The Kelpies are set to take centre stage at the Caledonian Canal. The maquettes of Falkirk’s now ubiquitous equine sculptures - the world’s largest pair - have moved to Neptune’s Staircase at the foot of Ben Nevis ahead of the World Canals Conference in Inverness. Their arrival will mark the first visit of the models, which are on a tour, to the Caledonian Canal. ...


Tuesday 30 August

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  • Volunteer dies working on Pewsham Locks near Chippenham bbc.co.uk

    A canal volunteer has died while working at a locks after a wall he was excavating collapsed on him. Peter Kibitzer, 63, from Chippenham, died on the canal path at Pewsham Locks in Wiltshire on Wednesday. Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal Trust said it was "sorry to announce" a volunteer had been "fatally injured"....

  • Firefighters prevent canal flooding in Blackburn after lock gates fail lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

    Quick thinking firefighters prevented canal waters from flooding dozens of garden in Blackburn after lock gates failed overnight. Crews from the town's fire station were alerted after lock gates on the Leeds Liverpool Canal near Highfield Road developed a problem, causing flooding from the waterway....


Friday 26 August

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  • Dublin looks to Paris and Liverpool in its vision for a Grand Canal Basin irishtimes.com

    Three Georgian docks within Dublin’s Grand Canal Basin could be regenerated for theatre space, children’s recreation and marine repairs, according to a docklands business group. The Grand Canal Basin in the heart of the capital could be “teeming with as much life and vibrancy as Dun Laoghaire is every weekend”, the Docklands Business Forum has said....


Tuesday 16 August

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Sunday 14 August

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  • Times Gone By: The Ernest Thomas story staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk

    There's a good chance that few people living in the tiny village of High Offley will have ever heard of the name Ernest Thomas but he is certainly well known by fans of our canal heritage. The village may have been his birthplace and was certainly the area where he operated from as a bargee on the canal network, having started working the canals in his father's coal merchants business at the age of 14 in 1910. He lived in a High Offley council house with his wife Molly. He gradually became impatient with the lack of progress in his father's business so in 1923, at the age of 27, he set out on his own with 7s.6d (37p) in his pocket. ...


Tuesday 9 August

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  • Diabetic dad drags narrowboat 10 miles on Bridgewater Canal for charity manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    A diabetic dad managed to drag his 12 tonne narrow boat along a 10 mile canal towpath to raise money for charity. Determined John Hickson, 58, managed the incredible feat of strength in an impressive 11 hours and 10 minutes....

  • 8-year-old girl in full Leeds & Liverpool paddle yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    A mother and her daughter are preparing for an epic adventure along England’s longest canal in a kayak. Addi Man and her eight-year-old daughter Athina hope to inspire others to ‘live more adventurously’ by completing the 130 mile journey along the length of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The pair, from Horsforth, will be raising valuable funds for their chosen charity, The Jane Tomlinson appeal, which supports children’s and cancer charities. ...

  • Olympic whitewater canoeist trains on Edinburgh's Union Canal heraldscotland.com

    David Florence felt his paddle scrape across metal and was surprised to discover he had inadvertently located the sunroof of an abandoned car. This isn’t another cautionary tale about the contaminated waters of Rio. This was during a practice session on the Union Canal in Edinburgh. The 33-year-old, twice an Olympic silver medallist in the canoe slalom, begins his bid for a remarkable double in Brazil today....

  • Mooching along the Regent's Canal in Instagram shots timeout.com

    Time Out selects some classic Instagram shots of London's central canal. ...

  • Reading river chaos after narrowboat gets wedged stuck on the Kennet getreading.co.uk

    The owner of a narrowboat got more than they bargained for when travelling through Reading town centre on Monday. getreading was informed of the incident after the beautiful house boat got stuck while cruising along the River Kennet . It appears to have tried to have turned around but managed to get wedged widthways across the river....


Thursday 4 August

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  • Man stabbed in 'serious assault' on Romsey Barge Canal dailyecho.co.uk

    A man was needed hospital treatment after he was stabbed near a Hampshire beauty spot. Emergency services were called to a serious assault near the Romsey Barge Canal at about 3.50pm on Sunday to reports that the man had been found with injuries to his back. It is believed the man was found near to a bridge over the canal at Waterside Road, near Cupernham Lane....

  • 'Drunk in charge of a barge' on the Leeds & Liverpool canal southportvisiter.co.uk

    Police officers in Ormskirk arrested an 'intoxicated' man from a barge on the Leeds Liverpool canal on Monday 2nd August. "Following reports from members of the public about the manner of driving along a stretch of the Leeds Liverpool canal between Saracens Head and The New Scarisbrick Arms, an intoxicated male has been arrested on a barge," the police reported ...


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