MP for Buckingham John Bercow cut the ribbon to declare the restored and rewatered section of the Buckingham Canal at Bourton Meadow officially open last Saturday.
The ceremony was attended by Mayor of Buckingham Ruth Newell, local councillors and about 250 other local people.
A canoe paddled by two local men travelled the 400m length of the rewatered stretch of canal, carrying a pair of scissors.
These were handed to Mr Bercow MP who used them to cut the ribbon.
Mr Bercow gave a rousing speech, explaining the importance and benefits of canal restoration and praising the Buckingham Canal Society for its work so far.
Society chairman Athina Beckett gave a brief history of the canal and thanked the volunteers who worked on restoring the 400m section.
She made special mention of Nick Hawes, the landowner, and his strong support of the project and the society’s aims.
An informative display showed what the society has been working on and several new members were signed up.
Cakes, tea and hundreds of bottles of Buckingham Canal Water, brewed by Buckingham Brewery, were sold.
The project was made possible thanks to grants from WREN, Aylesbury Vale Community Foundation and Bucks County Council Local Area Forum.