On Saturday 11th March, 700 people saw the Turnerwood flight of locks transformed in a spectacle of fire, dance, music and poetry in an event inspired by the space unveiled when the lock was drained to celebrate the new gates on the 240-year-old Chesterfield Canal.

The works to replace the lock gates and cill at Turnerwood Feeder Lock 38 involved highly skilled craftsmanship from the charity’s construction team.

Seán McGinley, waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust, said “Thank you to everyone who came along to see the stunning Chesterfield Canal. We hope more people will be inspired to support us in unlocking the potential of every stretch of our canals and rivers.”

The maintenance work at Locks 37 and 38 are part of a £43 million nationwide programme to repair and restore waterways across England and Wales between November 2016 and March 2017. The five-month programme will see nearly 200 different works take place across 2,000 miles of canals and rivers. Many of the biggest projects are carried out during the winter months to minimise the impact on waterway users.

Photograph by Sarah Hickson