Lock flooded by visitors

By Connie Osborne Thursday 23 January 2014 Updated: 24/01 08:59

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Buy photos » Andrew Payne and his daughter Lizzie, 11, wife Julie, and daughter Vicki, 11, take a look around Tardebigge’s lock. Picture by Marcus Mingins 0414008MMR

MORE than 600 visitors flocked to Tardebigge’s lock as part of a special open day.

Guided tours were on offer around the the New Wharf site and people got the chance to walk along the bottom of the lock chamber after it had been drained as part of essential maintenance work.

A chance to view the 200-year-old brickwork was also on offer along with a look at the Victorian engineering and lime kilns which sit along the side of the canal. The open day was a result of a current project by the Canal and River Trust, which is restoring the 7,000 metre flight on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

The scheme, which costs a total of £75,000, will also see the replacement of the gates at lock 58, brickwork repairs to the lock chamber and new paddles for the county’s 200-year-old waterways.

A spokeswoman from the trust said more people than expected turned out and the day was a great success.

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