The public will get the chance to see below the water line when an open day on one of the area's canals is held next weekend.

The water ways and well being charity, Canal & River Trust will hold the free event at Lock 2 on the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal at Grindley Brook on Saturday February 5.

The event will take place from 10am until 4pm and visitors will be able to descend into a drained lock and see the work done to preserve and protect this historic piece of infrastructure.

The canal was completed in 1805 and was a key transport route for goods like slate, coal and limestone during Britain's industrial age.

Today the canal is popular with leisure boaters, making it one of the busiest in England and Wales.

Gavin Passmore, community engagement manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: "“It is really important that the trust carries out this essential maintenance to our 200-year-old canal network so that it is protected and preserved for boaters and the local community to use and enjoy.

"The repairs at Grindley Brook require us to drain the water from this short section of canal, giving us the exciting opportunity to let people into the drained locks to see the waterway from a completely different perspective

"We’re looking forward to speaking with visitors about the work the Trust is doing and explaining how locks work and how people can get involved in supporting the Trust to look after this important part of the nation’s heritage.

"Research shows that spending time by the canal has a positive effect on people’s physical and mental wellbeing, and the open day is part of the charity’s drive to encourage more people to visit and spend time by water."

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