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First canal journey for 80 years

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Stroud District Council

The first boat journey for more than 80 years, on a stretch of canal near Stroud, has taken place.

The trip, on the boat Wookey Hole, marked the restoration of the waterway between Stonehouse and Bowbridge, which was part of the wider restoration of the Cotswold Canals.

Since 2009 the project - which is mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund - has seen restoration of over four miles of canal, nine locks and six miles of towpath.

Stroud District Council's chief executive, David Hagg, said: "Thanks to a lot of great people, the first part is just about complete and the canal is there for the enjoyment of the whole community.

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