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Work taking place at Sandiacre Lock, Erewash Canal.
Work taking place at Sandiacre Lock, Erewash Canal.

Intrigued locals have been invited to witness the magic of the waterways by touring one of the region’s historic locks.

Sandiacre Lock on the Erewash Canal will be drained and available for viewing as part of the Canal and Rivers Trust’s programme of restoration and repairs.

Waterway manager for the East Midlands region Sean McGinley said: “This open day gives us a unique chance to show members of the public our preservation work and provide an understanding of what it takes to keep the waterways working.”

The trust is investing nearly £50,000 to undertake important repairs at the picturesque site. Workers will seal leaks, remove debris and repoint joints as part of the restoration.

The public will be able to walk along the lock bottom and question experienced craftsmen about how their skilled work is carried out.

Sean said: “Every day lots of people might walk or cycle alongside these locks without ever really knowing all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep these iconic structures alive.”

The event will take place on Sunday January 26 from 10am and 4pm. Just turn up on the day. Sensible footwear must be worn and children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.