First boat cruises in

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THE first canal boat for over 50 years cruised in to the new Staveley Town Basin.

Delighted spectators welcomed the John Varley trip boat on Friday, January 20.

ndet 94721  Chesterfield canal new section & basin open at Staveley

ndet 94721 Chesterfield canal new section & basin open at Staveley

Over the past year contractors have been building the basin while volunteers have built a washwall nearly 600 metres long to link the basin to Mill Green.

Derbyshire County councillor John Allsop, said: “This will make it a more attractive location for boats and fulfil our aim of improving the area for visitors, which is part of our wider commitment to boosting tourism.”

On June 30 and July 1 a festival will take place on the basin site.