Stretch of Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail officially opens

A section of the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail has been given its official opening.

The official opening of a section of the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail. Pic: Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

The official opening of a section of the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail. Pic: Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

Restored by the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, the disabled-friendly stretch alongside the A51 will form part of a seven-mile trail.

The ribbon was cut by Bower Queen Savannah Bennett and her deputy Charlotte Aspley in front of around 70 people.

They then walked the section alongside Lichfield City Council leader Terry Finn and members of the We Love Lichfield Fund.

Special guest Paul Woolley, an advisor to spinal injury units at Oswestry and Sheffield, was the first to prove the trail’s suitability for wheelchair users.

Trust chairman Brian Kingshott said: “The official opening of the Heritage Towpath Trail represents a major step forward for the Trust.

“We can now welcome all sections of the community to walk along the restored section of the Lichfield Canal and so see for themselves what a reopened canal would bring to the city and district.”

Heather Bacon with her dog Jem. The official opening of a section of the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail. Pic: Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

Heather Bacon with her dog Jem. The official opening of a section of the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail. Pic: Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

Among the first visitors was Heather Bacon, who is walking from Leeds to Cornwall to raise funds for Save the Children.

She was taking advantage of the Heart of England Way, which coincides with the Heritage Towpath Trail at this point, when she came across the opening ceremony.

Trust President Eric Wood and his wife Doreen are holding an all-day Easter coffee morning at 6 Swan Cottages, Burton Road, Whittington, on Saturday (April 19).

The event, from 10am to 4pm, will have tea, coffee and cakes on offer, as well as a barbeque, plant and book stalls and a sale of bric-a-brac with all proceeds in aid of the restoration efforts.

For more information on the Lichfield Canal visit the trust’s website at www.lhcrt.org.uk.

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1 Comment

  1. Rob

    16th April, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    “We can now welcome all sections of the community to WALK along the restored section of the Lichfield Canal and so see for themselves what a reopened canal would bring to the city and district.”
    Well done to the Restoration Trust.
    I wonder if they’ll be so pleased when cyclists are tearing up and down it?