Canal craft gets Royal approval

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MASTER craftsmen who help ensure Britain’s waterways run smoothly got the Royal seal of approval yesterday.

The Princess Royal visited Stanley Ferry lock gate workshops near Wakefield – one of only two sites in the UK where lock gates are made by hand.

Her Royal Highness, pictured above speaking to workshop supervisor Stephen Brunt, learned of the historical significance of 
the site, which is on the Aire & Calder Navigation.

Each year, the expert craftsmen at Stanley Ferry build more than 200 lock gates, which typically last around 25 years.

The Princesss and the Royal party 
were escorted around the workshops by 
Canal & River Trust Chairman Tony 
Hales.
 picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe