Up the Kennet and Avon by John Mills and Norma King From Reading town to Bristol port The canal it wends its way Through lock gate, bridge and countryside It's called the K & A In days of old John Rennie bold, he did his level best, To build a waterway which ran from London to the west And for a century and a half the boaters worked their trade Transporting gravel, salt and coal along the waterway But then in 1950 on the 31st of May, The boatmen found the lock-gates shut, the canal had had its day Then no-one filled the stoppages and no-one dredged the pounds They let the lock-gates fall to bits and let the canal run down And so the Trust began its work to put the cut to right Restoring locks and clearing pounds, they would not give up the fight So one day soon we hope to see the boats pass by again And long may live the K & A and the inland waterways This song was written by 'Pumpkin Pie' to celebrate the re-opening of the Widcombe flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon canal at Bath. Recorded on :
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