Canal drained for open day

The Leeds-Liverpool canal
The Leeds-Liverpool canal
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PRAMS, bedsteads and a selection of stolen bicycles.

We all believe we know what lies at the bottom of Wigan’s historic cut alongside the slippery eels.

Now the new custodians of the famous Leeds and Liverpool Canal are about to give people the chance to find out for real. They are draining a length of the waterway at the foot of the Wigan flight of locks to replace the massive water retaining gates in a £60,000 operation.

And inviting the curious to come along to a special free open day and witness the operation and the type of large scale civil engineering it takes to keep the route open for narrow boat traffic.

The action takes place at Wigan Bottom Lock No 87 over November 16/17 to see the work required to protect the 200 year old waterway network at the heart of the town’s industrial past. The Bottom Lock No 87 will be open between 10am and 2.30pm.