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  1. Hi Sorry it's off, but I' sure you can understand why. I'll check our Facebook and web pages! Peter
  2. As you will know, the Government has postponed the removal of COVID restrictions until 19 July – at the earliest. The Downing Street briefing last night also particularly highlighted the significant, and growing, number of cases of COVID in the north west, which Audlem is in. In these circumstances, it is impractical to go ahead with this year’s Gathering of Historic Boats at Audlem on 24/25 July. Beside the work and expense that would need to be committed over the next few weeks, there can be no guarantee that the date will not be put back again. We are also very concerned abou
  3. I'm nearly 75, and I went to the Pictures regularly in my teens - the 1950s-1960s. I lived in a Thames-side town in Buckinghamshire, and going to the cinema was universally known as "going to the Pictures". The Flicks was hardly used, and was a slang term.
  4. Correction to the quoted website - it's canalbookshop.co.uk (with a co before the uk)
  5. MECCA is on the left (taken some years ago in Braunston)
  6. By that I presume you mean BILSTER, EDGEWARE and GLOSSOR to name but a few.
  7. As you know, we're at Audlem. If you're going north, you're a bit short of destinations. North of Nantwich, there's normally three ways you can go, but ... Llangollen closed from Monday near its start due to a culvert problem (possibly for a few days, but could be a month or two); Chester Canal closed near Beeston till early summer probably; and the New Cut (Middlewich Arm) closed at Stanthorne for a week or two from Monday. Why not just stay in Audlem and enjoy all the pubs, cafes and shops. No point trying to go anywhere!
  8. True, David, I forgot Delhi, and I shouldn't have, especially as it's now spelt correctly again!
  9. The boat in LMS colours is Tebay, built in 1929 - and it was one of the boats converted to be a long distance butty. But it's now about 52'
  10. Sorry, but we can only reserve places within the three pounds we use for the event, so we have no control over who moors around the Weaver aqueduct. It will be first come, first served. Best of luck! Peter
  11. I'm not trying to defend the shelf, but I believe that much of the Shroppie was in any case built as a V section, with a flat bottom, so sides were not vertical, and mooring would always have been difficult. This ties in with the fact that this canal (Birmingham & Liverpool Junction, from Cut End at Autherley to Nantwich) was built for fly-boating, where boats would only stop at wharves - which of course still have vertical sides. There was then no need to stop anywhere else.
  12. We're still hoping to go ahead with the event on 24/25 July (Boris permitting!) We have 27 boats booked in, so there's space for a few more. Please contact us to book a place.
  13. No, it wasn't that photo or even a GW prairie, but was taken, if I can remember right, in the nineteenth century when railway branch lines were being built. But I have no idea where it was, or where I saw it. It was probably like the photo of the prairie - photo taken during a flood, or photoshopped (except there weren't such things when I saw the photo).
  14. There was one canal (but I can't remember which) where they laid railway track along the canal bed and ran trains in the canal, but I don't think this experiment lasted long. The bow wave must have done some damage, and there might have been some rust problems?
  15. Absolutely right Dave. I recently talked to Harry Arnold's widow and daughter about this, but I suspect that it might be a slow process. There were rather a lot of photos! Peter
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