As well as the ITV News piece, we also enjoyed coverage on BBC Radio Suffolk Lesley Dolphin show, BBC Look East and the East Anglian Daily Times.
Saturday 12th May saw the official opening of the River Stour Trust’s restored lock at Stratford St Mary by our Vice President Griff Rhys-Jones, Mark Harling of our major funder, Enovert, and Mrs Mary Harrison, the widow of Tony Harrison, whose legacy funded the new lock gates.
We were delighted to welcome guests including James Cartlidge MP and John Flack MEP, along with council representatives from Essex, Babergh, Colchester, Langham, Dedham and Stratford, and the Inland Waterways Association to join our members in celebration. Our guests were taken on the newly accessible stretch of river in our electric launches, joining a flotilla of privately owned boats.
Apart from the lock gates which were made and installed by Hargreaves of Halifax, the restoration was done entirely by volunteers, who put in 15,000 man-hours of work on site over a period of 12 years. In recognition of his work on the project, the RST have re-named the lock as Roger Brown Lock.