Jo Bell led a poetry session with local school children and residents on board Kennet, moored at Lock 32 in Gargrave.
The recently restored heritage Leeds & Liverpool Canal boat Kennet is currently carrying three sample Commonwealth wool bales from Liverpool to Saltaire to promote the Campaign for Wool. On Tuesday, October 2nd, a sample bale of British wool will be added to the cargo at Skipton for onward delivery. The bales will be unloaded at Saltaire on Thursday October 11th, and will then be made into a Commonwealth cloth in time for Wool Week.
For more information email: leeds.liverpool.canal.soc@gmail
As a child walks were often taken along the canal, usually on a Sunday afternoon.
I love the quietness of the countryside, you could be miles from anywhere but you know there is a road just over the side of the field. Industrial sites aren't often pretty but they have their own atmosphere, and although a lot of canal side industry has disappeared, where it remains there is the hustle and bustle of work a day life, often not changed for years.
The canal is everyone's life in a capsule, something for everyone. And from that this;
Boats moored up. A brew
being made behind crocheted
nets and bright paint.
Tow path dirt, always
black as pitch, that sticks
like glue to the shoes.
Scatterings of ducks, shocking
the water and landing at speed,
picture perfect- always
The anglers cast their lines
onto the flash of glass,
hoping for a bite.
round that easy bend
a hidden view. Another memory
in the making.
Margaret Holbrook. September 2012.
These three views were taken in the pound above lock 30 in Gargrave, I don't know the date of the 'working boats' photo but you can still see the original loading crane on the wharf and the traditional Leeds/Liverpool short boats. The second photo shows the same view with me on the roof of narrow boat MAY in 1996. I designed and built her over 10 years with a lot of help and advice from friends. The steel hull was a originally a 40' tug boat from the Birmingham canals and the cabin was built mostly from reused pitch pine wood that came from Albert Docks in Liverpool when the buildings and wharf areas were being renovated. The third photo was taken of the same view in Gargrave today. Kate Maddison, Chrysalis Arts