The Society was delighted to be invited to join in the annual BCN Clean-up – with some Grand Union thrown in. This year’s event took place in the Digbeth area and included the Garrison, Ashtead and Camp Hill lock flights. As usual the clean up was also attended by DCT, IWA, WRG, CCT AND CRT. Boats attending were Phoenix, Crow, Bittel plus butty and a CRT work boat, all based at the former Sampson Road depot at the top of Camp Hill locks.
The Phoenix crew started Saturday morning on the Ashtead flight, followed by a voyage into Typhoo basin, accompanied by “Moose” and the WRGies. All the usual rubbish was found here including Bikes, Trolleys and Fencing. This was unloaded by Tony and Baz from CRT back at Sampson Road. Another CRT person who made an appearance was Chief Executive Richard Parry, who gladly helped out and got his clothes dirty. He seems a very friendly and approachable person. On Saturday night we were made welcome in the WRGies camp – and the Ale was very good!
Sunday saw us heading down the GU towards the Ackers Trust before winding and grappling the adjacent footbridge which produced a pile of “Heras” fencing. We then left Crow with “Moose” and his gang and went to unload another full load of scrap metal from Phoenix onto the BCNS truck for weighing in – the second of the weekend. After final unloading of Crow at Sampson Road we locked back up to the Birmingham level and went out for a meal – another BCN Clean-up was over.
Thanks to Stuart, Jeff, Phil, John, Dave, Michael, Adrian, Bob, Barrie, Jim, Paul and Lewyn for their help over the weekend – and not forgetting Chris Morgan, “Moose” from WRG and the CRT crew.