Visitors impressed by Buckingham’s restored canal section

Buckingham Canal Society hosted a Heritage Open Day on Sunday, as a 350m section of disused canal at Bourton Meadow has been restored to hold water for the first time in nearly 100 years.

Canal society chairman Athina Beckett said: “About 150 people turned up, in spite of the inclement weather, and most people seemed very impressed.”

Buckingham Canal open day at Bourton Meadow. From the left, Chris Smith owner of canal boat Teal, Richard Lewis and Rob Oldham, Buckingham Canal trustees and Claire Conway-Crapp who with Chris Smith is the co-owner of Teal.'130915M-B250

Buckingham Canal open day at Bourton Meadow. From the left, Chris Smith owner of canal boat Teal, Richard Lewis and Rob Oldham, Buckingham Canal trustees and Claire Conway-Crapp who with Chris Smith is the co-owner of Teal.'130915M-B250

MP for Buckingham John Bercow will cut the ribbon at the official opening on Saturday, October 26. A new walk leaflet will be available to guide people along the two and a half miles to the canal society’s nature reserve site.

Pictured are Chris Smith, left, and Claire Conway-Crapp, right, who own the canal boat Teal, with trustees Richard Lewis and Rob Oldham.