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Bugsworth Re-Opening Rally - Easter 2005

The official opening of Bugsworth Basin took place on Easter Saturday, 26th March 2005, although the basin was  open to  pre-booked boats from Thursday, 24th March when a forward contingent of NCCC members arrived for the rally.

After its closure in 1927 the basin became derelict. The Inland Waterways Protection Society started to restore the site in 1968 and eventually Bugsworth was re-opened in 1999, only to be closed again after a few months because of major leaks.

The Inland Waterways Protection Society together with the Countryside Agency, East Midlands Development Agency, Derbyshire County Council, European Regional Development Funding, British Waterways and 1.2 million funding from English Heritage have, in partnership, restored the site to its present condition.

NCCC Club Photographs from Bugsworth - Easter 2005.

Many obstacles had to be overcome, including new leakage of water early in 2005 which threatened to postpone the re-opening. However, Bugsworth Basin re-opened on time with the MP for High Peak, Tom Levitt, cutting the tape across the gauging point from the bow of a boat, accompanied by the Vice Chair of British Waterways, Dr Campbell Christie, the Mayor of High Peak, Councillor Ann Mone, Ian Edgar, Chairman of the Inland Waterways Protection Society, and many guests.

A total of 94 boats took part in the rally with a large contingent from the NCCC.


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