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  • Youngsters find out about life on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

    Henry James

    YOUNGSTERS from primary schools in Maghull and surrounding districts have been learning about life on the Leeds – Liverpool canal through a number of education workshops.

    Eight primary schools from Maghull, Lydiate and Aintree took part in the initiative, which was supported by Maghull Town Council, Lydiate Parish Council and Aintree Parish Council, who helped fund the event.

    Workshops were organised by MADCOS, Maghull and District Community Schools and the scheme was for pupils from Reception to Year 5.

    The Canal River Trust, brought along their heritage boat, called George, which was used as a floating classroom.

    The young people learnt when the Leeds - Liverpool canal was built, they also found out about George’s journey and Bob the Buffer taught them about rope-work and knotwork.

    Youngsters also learnt about Brightwork, which is the dying tradition of decorating the barges of the Leeds – Liverpool canal.

    Mersey Motor Boat Club hosted the event in their clubhouse.

    Amanda Bennett, the administrator for MADCOS, who organised the event, said: “The workshops were excellent. The children on the boat learnt about the canal and it brought it to life for them.”

    Danny MacAreavy, headteacher at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School in Maghull said: “The workshops are a fantastic opportunity for learning outside the classroom. The children loved the event.”

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