River Canal Rescue support

10 Apr 2017
Coming to a canal near you: ‘Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways’ kicks off on 22 April

Coming to a canal near you: ‘Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways’ kicks off on 22 April

River Canal Rescue will provide free breakdown and emergency assistance to a theatre group during the recreation of a 320-mile route wartime trainees took while working for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company (GUCC) 75 years' ago.

Alarum Theatre Group’s 15-week ‘The Idle Women; Recreating the Journey’ tour will involve 50 performances in 40 venues travelling the route on a historic 80-year-old working boat.

The 320-mile journey will start on 22 April at the site of the GUCC depot at Bull’s Bridge, West London, before heading into London on the Paddington arm and on to Limehouse via the Regents Canal. Then it will travel to Birmingham via the Grand Union and onto Coventry before returning to Camden on 5 August. 

‘Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways’ tells the stories of the young women who worked on 72ft narrowboats carrying 50 tonnes of cargo during World War II.

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