Melling Celebrates 200 Years of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal

2016 saw the Bicentenary of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, and villages and towns along this historic stretch of waterway came together to celebrate this momentous occasion, and the community of Melling was no exception.

The Melling Canal Bicentenary Celebrations held on the 19th June, led by Cllr. Dawn Beaumont from Melling Parish Council, were the result of hard work, dedication and collaboration of community groups, organisations and individuals from across Melling, such as; The MRCA (Ratepayers); Melling Primary School; Melling Baptist Community Project; The Maghull and District Lions; Melling in Bloom; Sparkle and Shine Theatre School; The 7th Sefton East (Melling) Scout Group and Melling Parish Council.  The event was filled with fun and entertainment for all ages and saw an impressive 30 boat flotilla of narrow boats and motor boats cruise along the canal, decorated in bright bunting and occupants dressed in traditional boating clothing. There was a children’s canal fact find with a certificate and commemorative medal, a free family bbq,  outstanding performances from Melling School choir and Sparkle and Shine Theatre School, engaging activities by led by Melling Scout Group and prizes for children who came in period costume. 

Cllr. Dawn Beaumont said ‘When Melling Parish Council set out to plan the event we wanted to involve as many of our amazing community groups and organisations as possible, and without their support, dedication and hard work none of it would have been possible.  The day was an outstanding success and we were absolutely delighted at the amount of people from across our community who came together to celebrate and enjoy our wonderful stretch of canal.  It’s always so encouraging to see what our special community can achieve when we all pull together, and this celebration showed Melling at its very best.   Over the 200 years the Leeds to Liverpool canal has played an important part in Melling’s past from supporting industries such as the Melling Pottery, and the creation of jobs to the leisure pursuits of today, and we hope that it will continued to be enjoyed for future generations to come, through the dedication of our community and the Canal and Rivers Trust.’ 

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