A fundraising spring fete will be held by Pocklington Canal Amenity Society, which continues to work towards its restoration project target figure of £250,000.
The restoration will involve major repairs to two historic locks. This will subsequently make navigable a further two mile section of the nine-and-a-half mile canal. The volunteer-led organisation has recently pushed the figure raised to £116,000.
A spokesman for the society said: “We were delighted with the news that the Canal and River Trust had been successful with their recent Heritage Lottery Fund application to fund repairs to two of the bridges that cross the canal as this complements our Restoration Project to repair the locks at Thornton and Walbut Bridge. We are raising money to keep this further section open and accessible for boats so that the canal can be kept clear of invasive weeds and enable the aquatic life of the waterway to thrive.”
The spring fete will take place at Pocklington Canal Head, off the A1079 opposite the Wellington Oak pub, on 29 May, 10am-4pm. There will be tombola stalls, cakes and crafts along with fairground rides.
The Wellington Oak has offered their car park to visitors. as access to the fete will be by foot only.