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American canal fans hit town!

welcome The American canal enthusiasts on the water's edge at Standedge studying Society president Prof Tom Grasso chats with Rowena Penfold, of Yorkshire Waterways, at Tunnel End

IT WAS a case of US and Them in Marsden when a special canal delegation came to town.

A 29-strong group from the Canal Society of New York State were in Marsden to look at and experience a trip through Standedge Tunnel.

The group is made up of engineers, historians and enthusiasts who are on a three-week tour of Britain's waterways.

Society president Prof Tom Grasso said everyone in the group had been looking forward to visiting Standedge.

He added: "Visiting Britain's waterways is an exciting opportunity to see the country's important canal heritage. Standedge Tunnel is famous as an engineering feat in its own right.

"Part of what we are doing is to learn again. It is an echo from the past.

"We learned how to make and run the canals and now we are learning how to restore them and use them again."

The group will also visit the National Waterways Museum at Gloucester and the Anderton Lift and the Falkirk Wheel, two other landmarks on the British canals system.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2005
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