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With the reopening of the two Droitwich canals, a new cruising ring was established in the Midlands. On this journey we join the crew of 1936 built Grand Union large Woolwich narrowboat “Barnet” as it navigates the ring whilst undertaking a volunteer exercise alongside some pleasure boating.

CanalScape-BCN owns and operates the boat which is based normally on the northern Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN). They work as volunteers alongside British Waterways and the first part of this cruise is an inspection trip for BW covering the Staffs & Worcester canal to Stourport. From here the boat is taken down the river Severn to the reopening ceremony for the Droitwich canals and takes part in the opening parade.

The boat then goes right through the canals to join the Worcester Birmingham canal at Hanbury Jcn and heads back up to Birmingham and then through to Wolverhampton.

Occasional flashbacks are used to help the viewer appreciate what the canals were like in the past and to realize how much they have changed.

After reaching Wolverhampton the crew return with the boat to Icknield Port in Birmingham to collect some pontoons which were unavailable on the return journey, this demonstrates how volunteers can assist in helping run the day to day business of the waterways, a factor to be increased when British Waterways becomes the “Canal & River Trust” in 2012.

Still photographs from the collection of Max Sinclair, Bob Williams & LHP Archive
Filmed by various crew members whilst underway

Running time 90 minutes

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