Mother’s Day can be celebrated with a difference this year when a canal lock is drained for the first time in 25 years to offer a glimpse of its history.
Prior to the Canal and River Trust placing two £30,000 gates at Fall Ings Lock , the site is being opened up on Sunday, March 6.
Visitors will be able to walk down six metres into the lock to see the gates and 200 year old brickwork, learning about the history and engineering of the 18th century gem at first hand.
North East waterways manager Jon Horsfall said: “Our open days are a fascinating showcase which give local people the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at some amazing craftsmanship.
“To see the repairs at this 18th century lock up close and understand the scale of the work we do to care for it is a real privilege.”
In November, the Canal and River Trust started a five month £3.5m maintenance programme on the waterways in the North East as part of a national £45m programme of essential restoration and repairs.
The design of the newly made lock gates imitates the history and quirks of the Calder and Hebble Navigation, of which the structure is part.
The free sessions take place between 10am and 4pm, with the last entry time being 3.30pm. Visitors are advised to wear sturdy shoes.
The nearest parking for the sessions is on Doncaster Road in Wakefield.