News article created on 24 July 2018

Poppy art installation treat for visitors along Trent & Mersey Canal

The Trent & Mersey Canal, near Stoke, will be the perfect vantage point for viewing a nationally-important poppy art installation which will be on display at Middleport Pottery for six weeks, 2 August – 16 September.

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The exhibition site at Middleport Pottery is in full view of the canal and thousands of people are expected to see the artwork from the towpath. We are appealing for volunteers to assist with the expected influx of towpath visitors.

We will will also be hosting two special community canal activity weekends at nearby Middleport Park on 11/12 and 18/19 August, featuring floating bands, canoe and angling taster sessions, stalls, crafts and children’s activities.

David Baldacchino, from the Trust, said: "The canal and pottery have always been inextricably linked. As 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, the ceramic poppies have extra poignancy and the towpath offers a perfect place to view them.

"We want people to enjoy being by the canal and over the middle two weekends in August, we are delighted to offer both adults and children a range of waterside activities to try at Middleport Park. For anyone who has been thinking of taking up canoeing or fishing, our free taster sessions are a great introduction to trying out new sports."