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Right to Float
Canoeists in the UK can only along paddle legally along 2% of the UK’s waterways. The British Canoe Union (BCU) has been campaigning for years to get increased access to Britain’s rivers and canals but with limited success. Now an 18 mile stretch of the River Mersey between Stockport and Carrington has been opened up to canoeists. Anne Arnold talks to Chris Cleaver, BCU’s voluntary Northwest officer about paddling down the Mersey and the impact he hopes it will have on canoeing in Britain.
Environmental Champion - Joe Feeley
Source talks to Joe Feeley of IN Environmental Services. This community-based social enterprise employs local young people, often from criminal backgrounds, to clean and green grot-spots and open spaces across Merseyside. The project provides training and development to its workforce whilst encouraging them to take pride and ownership of their local area.
Westward Ho! (Source)
Anthony Wilson discusses the huge influence that Liverpool has had, not only on the world of music, but also on the world itself. He discusses how Liverpool's involvement in the slave trade allowed the UK to open its doors to rhythm and blues and sowed the seeds of rock and roll to allow the Beatles change the world forever.
Case Notes - Ghostriders in the Park
Tipkinder Park in Crewe has been blessed with a new skate park and 300m BMX track. The park's previous bike track was the local haunt of the Cheshire Ghostriders Bike Club and produced the first UK Olympic BMX qualifier, Shanaze Reade. It is hoped the new track will create more opportunities for people to become engaged in the sport and help nurture Olympians of the future.
Can Griff Rhys-Jones Swim the River Mersey?
Matthew Sutcliffe interviews Griff Rhys-Jones about his attempt to swim across the Mersey from Birkenhead to Liverpool as part of his BBC television series Rivers.
Case Notes - The Other Iron Bridge
Ciara Leeming reports on the soon-to-be restored Grade II listed Iron Bridge in Marple. The campaign to save the bridge has been running for 6 years and is a shining example of a real community-led project.
Environmental Champion - Fiona Stanley
Source talks to Fiona Stanley, classroom assistant at Summerville Primary School and driving force behind the school becoming Salford's first eco-school. She discusses what it means to be an eco-school and how it has benefitted both herself and the students at the school.
River of Life
Source interviews a variety of people from ex-cabinet ministers to local angling enthusiasts about their memories of the River Mersey. These stories form part of a new book and accompanying exhibition titled "Mersey: the river that changed the world", which tells the river's story from its source in Stockport, right down to where it meets the sea at Liverpool.