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Islington volunteers wanted for iconic waterway job

PUBLISHED: 17:10 13 January 2015 | UPDATED: 17:10 13 January 2015

The Regent's Canal. Photo Emma Bartholomew

The Regent's Canal. Photo Emma Bartholomew

Emma Bartholomew

Volunteers are needed to take on one of the most famous and revered waterway jobs.

The Canal and River Trust, who run Regent’s Canal, is looking for new recruits to become the next generation of lock keepers.

Duties will include helping boaters through lock and maintaining the network to giving a cheery nod and wave to visitors.

Jon Guest, waterway manager at the Canal and River Trust, said: “Lock keeping is an iconic role, going all the way back to when London’s canals were first built two centuries ago.

“Our volunteer lock keepers will be keeping this great waterway tradition alive. It’s an ideal job for people who want to work outdoors and keep these unique, but increasingly popular, parts of the capital moving. You’ll be the welcoming face of the waterways, I’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch.”

People of all ages and experiences can apply, with full training provided.

The work is on a shift basis throughout the year, with busier periods expected between April and September.

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