The Prince of Wales takes narrow boat trip to learn about canal conservation
A high profile royal visit has put the British canal network in the spotlight this week. On 24 June Prince Charles enjoyed touring the Etruria Industrial Museum and then he and the royal entourage took a boat trip on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
The Prince of Wales boarded a restored working boat – The Lindsay - to learn more about how Stoke-on-Trent’s historic canals are cared for. He enjoyed meeting a group of dedicated volunteers working to protect and promote important features of the city’s industrial heritage.
The Prince is Patron of the Canal & River Trust. He was particularly interested to hear of the six-month canal conservation course that is open to local 16 to 24 year olds. This gives them the opportunity to take part in canal-based practical conservation work and team building activities. The programme is part of Step Up To Serve - a national campaign launched by The Prince to double the number of young people involved in social action by 2020.
Trent & Mersey Canal
From Etruria, The Prince boarded The Lindsay for a 30 minute cruise on the Trent & Mersey Canal to Middleport where he officially opened the Middleport Pottery following its £9m regeneration. Whilst on board our chairman Tony Hales and chief executive Richard Parry explained how the charity cares for the city’s canals and how canals can play an important part in future regeneration plans.
Tony said; “We were delighted to welcome The Prince and to introduce him to the many people who are all, in their own way, getting involved with their local waterways.
“Canals are, of course, ingrained in the history of Stoke-on-Trent, they helped to make the Potteries one of the nation’s great industrial centres, but it was fantastic to show that they remain an important part of daily life for the city and its people.
“Stoke-on-Trent is a great example of how waterways can really benefit communities and local industry and today was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the great work taking place on or beside the water here.”
Photo: Canal & River Trust
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