Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall will travel aboard a narrowboat on the Kennet & Avon Canal on Wednesday 8th September 2010 when she cruises from from Hilperton to Semington for a ceremony to mark the start of the work on the proposed link from the K&A Canal at Semington to the River Avon in Melksham as well as the 200th Anniversary of the opening of the Wilts & Berks Canal.
Before setting off from Hilperton the Duchess, who is the Patron of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust will officially name their new trip boat.
Wilts & Berks
Canal Trust Chairman,
Picture by Bob Naylor
"It is a wonderful way for us to thank key supporters as well as marking the milestone of commissioning our first trip boat which will give a real sense of what a fully-restored waterway will bring to local communities.
"We are steadily making progress on restoring the canal and its linkages. " he said, " And they will provide a significant wildlife corridor, cycleway and long distance footpath through Wiltshire, Swindon and Oxfordshire".