Glastonbury-bound lock gates leave canal

British Waterways has donated a set of lock gates to the festival site

Glastonbury Festival has taken delivery of a set of lock gates, courtesy of British Waterways. The gates have been craned out from the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal at Lower Maunsell Lock and trucked the short distance to their new home at Worthy Farm, which this year plays host ot U2, Coldplay and Paul Simon. The new gates will be recycled and put to new uses within the world famous festival site.

They are currently in storage, ready to be put to good use when building commences for the next festival.

Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival founder, said: “It’s great that British Waterways has donated these wonderful lock gates to us, and even better that they have come from the local area. The gates may have come to the end oftheir working waterway life but there’s still plenty of use in them for us. From beautiful bridges to sound proofing our noisiest circus arena and lots more ideas still to come, I guarantee these gates will not be wasted.”

British Waterways has so far donated over 140 tonnes worth of lock gates to the festival organisers to help them build unique features at the iconic festival site. Most of the lock gates that have been donated over the past few years have originated from the Caen Hill Lock Flight on the Kennet and Avon Canal.