14th Dec, 2018

Appeal launched to find new lock keepers for country’s longest lock flight, the Tardebigge Flight

Lorna Morris 11th Mar, 2018 Updated: 12th Mar, 2018

AN APPEAL has been launched to find new lock keepers for the Tardebigge Flight, the country’s longest lock flight.

The Canal and River Trust is on the lookout for people interested in the role, which includes helping passing boaters and welcoming visitors.

Volunteers will give a hand to the Trust’s teams in maintaining the the iconic Tardebigge Flight, which is on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and is made up of 30 locks covering more than two miles.

They will also help to keep the historic tradition of lock-keeping alive in the region, where lock keepers have been part of waterway life for hundreds of years.

The appeal comes at a time when the nation’s waterways are more popular than any time in living memory, with more boats than ever before and millions of towpath visits per year.

Caroline Kendall, Canal and River Trust volunteer development co-ordinator, said: “The canals are enjoying a new golden age, with more and more people boating and using the water and towpath.

“The lock keeper is probably the most iconic role on the waterways and we’re on the lookout for people to come and help everyone who is using the canal.”

Full training will be provided and adults of all ages and experiences are encouraged to apply.

Volunteer lock keepers work on a shift basis throughout the year, with busier periods typically expected between April-October.

“It’s a great role for anyone looking to work outdoors and meet plenty of people,” she added.

“In many ways the lock keeper is the friendly face of the canal. It can be hard work, but hugely rewarding.

“Tardebigge Flight is one of the most famous canal sites in the country and a lovely spot to work in.

“You don’t need any previous experience but you should enjoy being outdoors and talking to people on the towpath, so I’d encourage anyone looking for a new challenge to get in touch.”

Applications for the role are open until March 15 visit canalrivertrust.org.uk for more information.

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