The sun shone and thousands turned out to the classic car show in Ilkeston. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct had a stall which was busy all day. There was overwhelming support for the project.
The force was clearly with us as notable visitors to our stall was Darth Vader accompanied by Star Wars stormtroopers. We were even visited by petrolhead Stig who promised to invest in a pushbike when Bennerley Viaduct reopens.
We heard many fascinating stories about the viaduct. It was empowering to experience the depth of support that this project is receiving from the local community. Thanks to Jeff for organising the day and to Rich, Colin and Trevor for their sterling work promoting the viaduct.
Take a chance and brave the showers and squalls forecast for Saturday
The focus of Saturdays workday will be to maintain all the access to the full length and to ensure all the pier bases remain clear of vegetation. Tasks will including, lopping, pruning back brambles and shrubs, tree stump removal large and small, shifting some of the debris from pier base 4, removing creeping soil and vegetation from the tarmac areas, litter removal, removing some debris from under the viaduct to the main collecting point. New vegetation is growing out of the pierbases so it would make sense to remove that before it gets re-established. We will also be clearing back some vegetation and bindweed which is choking some areas.
If you can make it, there are lots of blackberries around so bring a tub. Starting at 10:00 am. Finishing at 3:00 come for as long or as short as you can make it. The Kelly kettle will be on for you. Tea, coffee and a refreshment afterwards provided.
Meet: Under the viaduct. The barrier off Newtons Lane will be open from 9:30 am onwards. Tools and protective gloves provided.