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22nd August 2006 - an historic day for WBCT.
 
 At approximately 11 o'clock the Wilts & Berks Canal rejoined the rest of the British Waterway system.
The final few yards of earth were removed and the waters joined.
The new cut had been filled with water overnight to equalize the pressures so that there was no great in rush of water.
The Official Opening Ceremony will be on August 30th at 12 o'clock.
 
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Early morning


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The winding hole. Filled overnight.


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Looking towards the River Thames


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After all these years, Roy is impatient to get started.


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Bob, in Blue, coming to assist.


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Project Director, Martin, and Roy get started.


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Bob takes over, with the contractor coming to help.


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The big digger gets stuck in.


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Junction open, waiting for the first boat on the 30th August.


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Aquatic plants delivered.


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Landscaping continues.


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Aquatic plants planted along the bank.


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Fencing being installed by East Vale Branch members.


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Numerous trees planted in a copse.


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Martin, with some of the team.

A job WELL DONE!