Pocklington Canal Amenity Society has announced that its Bicentenary Appeal Fund now stands at £100,000.
Its chairman, Paul Waddington, said that this is a significant milestone towards the target of £250,000, which the Society is planning to raise by the bicentenary of the opening of the canal in 1818. The fund will be used for works at Thornton and Walbut Locks, which will enable the navigable length of the canal to be extended by two miles to near the village of Bielby. Both these locks will be provided with new lock gates and there will be repairs to the brickwork of the lock chambers. Preliminary exploratory works have already started at Thornton Lock, although major works are not planned to start there until the spring of 2016. A similar programme of works is planned for Walbut Lock during 2017.