South East Wales

First boat since 1926 to pass restored Cwmbran lock

The canal will eventually be fully navigable Image copyright Torfaen Council
Image caption The canal will eventually be fully navigable

A lock has been restored on a former derelict section of a canal in Cwmbran - with a boat passing through for the first time since 1926.

The Ty Coch Lock Restoration Project aims to restore locks along a mile of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

The Heritage Lottery funded project began in 2012 and has been carried out mainly by volunteers who were taught stonemasonry and carpentry skills.

A further four locks will be restored by September.

Torfaen council leader Bob Wellington said: "Our goal is that we will see the canal fully navigable for people to enjoy."

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