Mural mosiac for canal bicentenary

A mosaic mural to mark the The 200th anniversary of the opening of the Northampton Canal Arm has been unveiled by the Grand Union Canal.

The art work to celebrate the canal opening in May 1815 was officially revealed at Gayton Junction.

Funded by The Inland Waterway Association’s Northampton Branch which adopted the 4¾ mile long Arm two years ago, the mural has been designed and made by children of Gayton C of E Primary School with the help of local mosaic artist David Bowers.

Nine-year old Francesca, one of the children who helped make the mural and Richard Parry, Chief Executive of Canal & River Trust, which provided the accompanying commemorative plaque, unveiled the artwork.

Mr Parry said: “It was a real pleasure to join such a positive and active local group of volunteers to celebrate the 200th anniversary.

“The mural is wonderful, a very fitting celebration of the history of this very special section of our great canal system.”

The ceremony marked the start of the bicentenary celebrations that will culminate in IWA’s Northampton Festival of Water, which is being held at the bottom of the Arm on the River Nene at Becket’s Park over the August Bank Holiday.