Charles Chugs Along

The Prince of Wales paid a visit to Stroud yesterday to officially open the recently restored Wallbridge Lower Lock.

Prince Charles boarded the narrowboat Perseverance at Wallbridge Upper Lock and after a short journey down the canal, wielded a pair of scissors to ribbon to open the Lower Lock officially, and the boat moved down the canal.

Following the official opening, HRH met with officials and volunteers who worked tirelessly on the project.

Yesterday’s event ended with Charles unveiling a plaque commemorating the canal restoration project between Stonehouse and Thrupp, as well as the reconnection of the Stroud Navigation and the Thames & Severn Canal.

The £12.7million project was funded mainly by the National Lottery through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in the amount of

Charles has a keen interest in the waterways throughout the country as he is Patron of the Canal & River Trust, the charity which preserves over 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.

Photo Credit: University of Essex

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