Hundreds at drained canal for open day

Sandiacre lock
Sandiacre lock

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the Erewash Canal on Sunday to catch a rare glimpse of an incredible 18th century canal structure.

The Canal & River Trust, the charity in charge of managing 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, opened up the impressive Sandiacre Lock after draining it for maintenance, giving a unique insight into the inner workings of the Erewash Canal.

During the event more than 600 visitors of all ages took the opportunity to venture 20ft into the bottom of the lock and walk along the drained lock bed and as part of the charity’s £45 m spend on essential repair and restoration works and routine maintenance to our canals and rivers. £50,000 will be spent at Sandiacre.

Sean McGinley, waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust’s East Midlands region said: “People commented that they’ve passed the locks so many times before but what was really impressive was to walk down inside them, get a close up look at the construction and learn interesting facts from my teams about how they carry out this work.”