Bristol through to Reading by Foxwell, Bale and Bartholomew From Bristol through to Reading the waterway does run And now instead of working boats the pleasure boats have come Yet who is really to complain The cut has come alive again So raise a cheer and drink a health to the K&A Canal In '54 a Bill was raised to close the old cut down But people fought in Parliament and won the crucial round The fight's gone on as you can see This year's the year of victory So take a glass and raise it high to K&A Canal There have been some local heroes who stood above the rest Whose courage and whose vision have shown them to be the best Without them what would we have got? I think the answer's not a lot So pour a good and generous tot to celebrate this day In 1810 through traffic went from Reading down to Bath And now this 1990 sees once more that boats can pass The race is won and we're all here To raise a great and mighty cheer And drink a pint or two of beer to the K&A Canal The race is won and we're all here To raise a great and mighty cheer And drink a pint or two of beer to the K&A Canal This song was written for the re-opening of the Kennett and Avon Canal in 1990. Recorded on :
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