Thanks to CRT’s Roger Birch at their Ellesmere Yard, Alistair Price was able to collect some Stop Planks, or “Stanks” as they are sometimes know, to slot into Widow’s Bridge bridge-hole to stem the flow of water to enable access to the drained side. This will then make it easier to remove the detritus that has accumulated in the bottom of the canal and permit sufficient depth for boats to use once more.

Here is Alistair, watched by Dave Peters, skilfully using his chainsaw to tailor one of the stop planks to fit.

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