Canal & River Trust hold awards

Boaters The Canal & River Trust’s Waterways Alive Awards celebrate the most notable work carried out by the Trust’s staff and volunteers. Credit: Canal & River Trust
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A £2.5m lock flight and aqueduct repair job has scooped an award at the Canal & River Trust’s annual Waterways Alive Awards.

The award for Best Operations or Works went to the Marple Makeover which saw major repairs to the entire heritage lock flight and aqueduct.

“All of our finalists have made a very positive difference to our waterways and the people who use them and the impact they can have," said Canal & River Trust chief executive, Richard Parry. "The winning projects and teams were all exceptional and reflected the wide variety of activities the Trust carries out.”

Updated technology

Held at the Anderton Boat Lift, the ceremony celebrated the most notable work carried out by the Trust’s staff and volunteers over the past year.

A staff-led project which saw outdated mobile technology replaced for more than 600 bank staff picked up the award for Enterprise or Innovation.

The award for Community Activity went to Spirit of Stonebridge which has turned a heavily vandalised area on the River Lee with the highest repair bills of any operational property on the Trust’s network into a busy community hub.

For the first time, there was a category for the Trust’s Values Team of the Year for those teams that consistently employ the organisation’s values. This was awarded to the South East Boat Licence Support team.

The Trust also recognised Paula Baron as Apprentice of the Year. Paula is a Wigan masonry apprentice who has worked on several heritage landmarks and big projects across the country. Runner-up was M&E apprentice Jeff Croker.

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