On Thursday 18th January 1968 the midlands branch of the IWA held a meeting at Long Eaton Methodist church hall to address the proposed closure of the Erewash canal. It was at this meeting that the ECP&DA was formed.
During the early years one great success of the association was saving Sandiacre lock cottages from destruction. On Thursday 18th January 2018 exactly 50 years to the day a 50th anniversary meeting was held at the cottages. This was a double celebration as we have recently completed the purchase of the cottages from the Canal and River Trust. As expected the meeting was very well attended with some of the founder members present.
The ECP&DA has achieved much over the last 50 years on the Erewash canal and many other waterways and is still going strong. We have recently purchased a redundant working boat from the C&RT called Pentland which is currently being restored at Langley Mill. This will be an extremely useful asset during our work on the canal.
The last 50 years have been good, here's to the next 50, CHEERS.