IWA National Festival 2005

Mayor on board campaign

  • 00:00, 8 September 2005
  • By Chester Chronicle

AS he toasted the waterways' campaign to re-open Runcorn Locks, the mayor of Halton had a corker of a time on board a canal boat named Jubilee.

Cllr Peter Lloyd-Jones took part in the outing which was christened Jubilee's Jubilee Journey from Borrows Bridge at the festival site, to Waterloo Bridge in Runcorn.

He joined a party of guests, including the Lady Mayoress Martha Lloyd-Jones, Sue Blackmore and Ron Turner of the Runcorn Locks Restoration Society - as well as branch chairman Ron Evans, his wife Joan, and secretary Margaret Pitney from the Chester and District Inland Waterways Association (IWA).

Friday's cruise forms part of a campaign to re-open Runcorn Locks and reinstate the link between the Bridgewater Canal in Runcorn and the Manchester Ship Canal.

The link would create a second Cheshire Ring, taking in the River Weaver and Anderton Boat Lift.

Cllr Lloyd-Jones enthused: 'It was a really superb afternoon and both myself and my wife enjoyed it.

'We both thought it was a fantastic experience.

'By re-opening the flight of Runcorn locks it would complete the canal structure in Halton and would attract a lot of tourists and visitors into the borough.

'If the canal paths were more active then you would find people would have a totally different view of Halton, and of Runcorn in particular.

'I'm sure not many people realise just how attractive the area is.

'I think any move to re-open the locks would be marvellous, and would strengthen the network of tourism with Liverpool and the rest of the North West.'

The IWA has also been using its own narrow boat Jubilee in the build up to 2006 which marks the organisation's diamond jubilee year - and celebrates 60 years of achievements.