Film by Robert Paget. Filmed over a period from 2011 to 2015 and edited from a selection from more than 1,000 video clips, “One May Morning” is intended to celebrate the achievements to date in restoration of the 6 mile phase 1A section of the Cotswold Canals to date.
Volunteers of all ages working together, repairing brickwork and dredging. Civil engineering works cutting through two landfill sites, lock gates being installed and locally manufactured new paddle gear.
From Royal opening of a town centre new road bridge, to young canoeists using a lock for the first time in 60 years. Towpaths reopened, new signage, new canal side developments and a waterside public park.
In May 2015 a new trip boat operates where rubbish and infill had once obliterated the line of the canal, and a £45 million housing development has sprung up alongside it.
I set out to incorporate all of this in just over one minute of screen time in order that it could be used in the two Canal Visitor centres operated by the Cotswold Canals Trust. I wanted the images to be eye catching, to inform, entertain and enthuse.
With special thanks to Mike Lucas, founder of the “Mikron Theatre Co”, who gave me permission in 1977 for tracks from their LP “Last Run” to be used in films produced for and promoting the Cotswold Canals Trust.
The Heritage Lottery Fund have made an enormous financial contribution to the phase 1A restoration of the Cotswold Canals.