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.
With a well-timed snip of the ribbon, The Prince of Wales officially opens the first phase of the restored Cotswold Canals in Stroud.
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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