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Bench by boat to Ryeford

Canal-side commemorative bench installed at Ryeford Bridge

Cotswold Canals Trust Volunteers were afloat again on Monday 12th February delivering a commemorative bench for installation at Ryeford Bridge.

The bench installation team led by Mike Langford positioned the hard wood seat under the direction of its donor Pat Harper.

Ryeford history – the reason

Pat Pictured right explains,

“We had a bench placed here because it overlooks what used to be The Anchor Inn.

"My sister Irene and I wanted to commemorate my auntie and my mother who were born there.

"Our family ran the pub for nearly a hundred years"

Accurate installation

Installation team-members Des Rolfe, Roy Overall, Richard Attwood and Paul Rees are pictured right ensuring that the bench is straight, level and true.

Radio Gloucestershire on site

Pat and Cotswold Canals Trust Vice Chairman Jim White were interviewed by Mark Smith of BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

Pat gave an enthusiastic explanation of the day’s events and its history.

Jim explained the reclaimed timber’s previous use in the shipping wharves in Poole Harbour Dorset.

Corporate or commemorative benches

You can have your own bench sited somewhere along the Cotswold Canals.

Call in at the CCT Visitor Centre at Wallbridge Lock in Stroud for a chat about the options of how you can place a lasting reminder of your support for the restoration.

Click here to see a printable Bench Information Sheet.

Click here to see more of CCT photographer Mike Gallagher's pictures of the installation