Families spent the day ‘discovering’ Grantham Canal

Rosemary Gibson, Grantham Canal Society. Photo: Charmaine Morgan
Rosemary Gibson, Grantham Canal Society. Photo: Charmaine Morgan

Hundreds of visitors braved the wet weather to enjoy a whole day of events by the side of Grantham Canal last Sunday.

The ‘Discovery Day’, ran by Grantham Canal Society, was held by the lock near the Rutland Arms (Dirty Duck), in Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir.

Boat trips were put on during the Grantham Canal Society's 'discovery day'.

Boat trips were put on during the Grantham Canal Society's 'discovery day'.

Activities and attractions included boat rides, children’s activities, canoeing, stalls, refreshments and entertainment. Money raised by the event – £1,200 in total – will go towards the continued improvement of the canal.

Event organiser Rosemary Gibson said: “Despite the weather it’s been lovely to see so many visitors, volunteers and campaign groups. Everyone has pulled together to make this event such a success.”

There was a 200-year-old Carpenter’s Shop set up, where the Melstrum Ukulele Orchestra performed, followed by The Butty Boys duo, who sang the ‘Grantham Canal Song’ – specially written for the canal’s opening celebrations in 1797.

Family entertainment also included a duck race, lucky dip and a stall showing how to make a hedgehog home. Meanwile, Gravity FM provided background music throughout the day.

Ducks race during Grantham Canal Society's 'discovery day'.

Ducks race during Grantham Canal Society's 'discovery day'.

During the event, members of the canal society revealed that they were in the process of putting together an application for Lottery funding to enable further restoration and outreach work.

South Kesteven District Councillors Frances Cartwright and Charmaine Morgan dropped in to take a look at the society’s work.

Coun Morgan said: “This fabulous setting shows what a fantastic job is being done to preserve our heritage and expand our canal system and walkways, making them more accessible.”

To donate or volunteer for Grantham Canal Society, go to www.granthamcanal.org