Saving locks brick by brick

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AN APPEAL to raise money for the restoration of old canal locks has now topped £12,000.

Chesterfield Canal Trust’s bid for funds was launched in 2009 and has been boosted by the popularity of a scheme which allows people to donate a lock brick in exchange for a donation.

Spokesman Rod Auton said: “Sums from £5 to £1,000 have come in steadily.”

To donate a brick costs £5, a hodful is £50 and a barrowload is £100. Email or write to Chesterfield Canal Trust, 43 Whitecotes Park, Walton, Chesterfield, S40 3RT.