THE Lion Salt Works are hosting a talk about the collapse and repair work of the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.

The talk will take place on Thursday, June 13 and it is free to enter.

The collapse happened on March,15 2018 and the loss of water from the canal lead to 4.4 million gallons of water washing away the embankment and entering the River Wheelock below.

The breach drained almost 1 mile of the Shropshire Union Canal between Stanthorne Lock and Wardle Lock, leaving several boats stranded and this part of the Cheshire Ring closed.

Following an emergency response to make the site safe, work started three weeks later to repair the embankment and the canal.

The key to the success was the good working relationship between The Canal and River Trust, their framework construction partner Kier and various other organisations.

The project also had the support from the local community; encouraging volunteering, fund raising, site visits and community engagement as part of the process.

The project was completed successfully on January 31 2019.

Light refreshments will be served from 6pm with the talk beginning at 6.30pm