THE charity that looks after the country’s longest flight of locks, the Tardebigge Flight, is searching for new volunteers to take-up the iconic lock keeper role.

The Canal and River Trust say the role includes helping passing boaters, welcoming visitors and giving a hand to the trust’s teams in maintaining the stretch on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

Volunteers will help to keep the historic tradition of lock-keeping alive in the region, where lock keepers have been part of waterway life for hundreds of years.

Caroline Kendall, Canal and River Trust volunteer development co-ordinator, said: “The canals are enjoying a new golden age, with more and more people boating and using the water and towpath.

"The lock keeper is probably the most iconic role on the waterways and we’re on the lookout for people to come and help everyone who is using the canal.

"It’s a great role for anyone looking to work outdoors and meet plenty of people. In many ways the lock keeper is the friendly face of the canal.

"It can be hard work, but hugely rewarding. Tardebigge Flight is one of the most famous canal sites in the country and a lovely spot to work in.

"You don’t need any previous experience but you should enjoy being outdoors and talking to people on the towpath, so I’d encourage anyone looking for a new challenge to get in touch.”

Full training is provided and adults of all ages and experiences are encouraged to apply.

Volunteer lock keepers work on a shift basis throughout the year, with busier periods typically expected between April-October.

Applications for the role on the Tardebigge Flight, which is made up of 30 locks and covers over two miles, are open until 15 March.

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