Queen Elizabeth II Canal to receive crowning glory

29 Jun 2017
The final piece of Scotland's £83.5m Millennium Link is to be named The Queen Elizabeth II Canal

The final piece of Scotland's £83.5m Millennium Link is to be named The Queen Elizabeth II Canal

A new canal section forming the eastern gateway to Scotland’s historic Forth & Clyde Canal is set for a royal seal of approval as it is officially named in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.

The ceremony on July 5 will see the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh board the Seagull Trust barge ‘The Wooden Spoon’ and lead a flotilla along the canal section before unveiling a plaque officially naming the new section the Queen Elizabeth II Canal.

"We are honoured that Her Majesty The Queen will be joining us to officially name Scotland’s newest canal," said Andrew Thin, chairman of Scottish Canals. "This event is a fitting culmination of more than a decade of hard work that saw the partners and the local community come together to turn an ambitious idea into reality and breathe new life into the area.”

The canal forms the eastern gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal and is one of the most complex sections of waterway ever constructed in Scotland, passing under two major trunk roads and across utility pipelines.

The 1km canal returns the Forth & Clyde back to its birthplace in Grangemouth and is the final piece of the £83.5m Millennium Link.

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