TELEVISION presenter and historian Tony Robinson is backing a campaign calling on people in Staffordshire to rediscover derelict historic canals.
As part of the campaign, the Canal & River Trust, which cares for 2,000 miles of working waterways in England & Wales, is publishing an online map to ‘inspire people to unearth more of their local history and help save the canals that shaped where they live’.
Sir Tony Robinson said: “The waterway network is part of the fabric of our nation but it’s easy to forget that not so very long ago some of our most popular canals were almost lost forever.
“The fact that we can still enjoy them now is thanks largely to the vision, dedication and sheer hard work of volunteers in the 60s and 70s.
“These inspiring men and women just wouldn’t take no for an answer and worked on the basis that nothing was impossible.
“We need to recapture that same spirit within our communities to support today’s volunteers in bringing more of these once proud waterway systems back to life.”