In 2002 members of The Horseboating Society took the historic horsedrawn boat Elland around the South Pennine Ring.
The western part of the Rochdale Canal was not yet open when the boat crossed the canal’s summit! Elland arrived at Littleborough in time for the opneing of the new Ben Healey Bridge and Fred Dibnah carried out the ribbon-cutting ceremony from the bow of Elland.
The following photos are courtesy of Martin Clark and Brian Ewart:
Elland takes a tight turn at Brighouse. Photo: Brian Ewart
Elland at Shaw Plains Lock near Todmorden. Photo: Martin Clark
Elland at Old Royd Lock near Todmorden. Photo: Martin Clark
Elland approaches Bent House Bridge near Littleborough. Photo: Martin Clark
Elland. Photo: Martin Clark
Elland passes under the changeline bridge in Rochdale. Photo: Martin Clark
Elland moored at Castlefield in Manchester. Photo: Martin Clark
The late Fred Dibnah stood on the bow of Elland cut the ribbon to open Ben Healey Bridge in Littleborough on a very wet day. Photo: Martin Clark
Fred Dibnah on Elland at Littleborough. Photo: Martin Clark
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