On Friday 2nd Feb, Prince Charles came to Stroud to visit the new stretch of canal. Apparently we were expecting the Lord Lieutenant but HRH decided he would like to see this for himself.
In Wallbridge Upper Lock, in the early afternoon, he spoke with members of ‘Motability’ before boarding ‘Perseverance’ for the short cruise to the Lower Lock.
He cut the traditional ribbon, officially opening the Lower Lock, unveiled a plaque and then met with some of the volunteers who have worked on the project.
The event celebrated the reconnection of The Thames and Severn Canal to the Stroudwater Navigation.
This was Prince Charles’ 3rd visit to our part of the canal, including opening Blunder Lock 15 yrs ago. He said that he was impressed with the progress and hoped to be able to return to see the finished job – and all this in earshot of the Director of the Heritage Lottery Fund SW. …so fingers crossed!