‘The Friends of Rochdale 9’ are a community group bringing the 9 Locks of the Rochdale canal that pass through Manchester city centre to life. As well as organising this festival, the group are launching a SpaceHive fundraiser for the Canal & Rivers Trust workboat. The plan is to transform it from a purely functional vessel into a brightly coloured floating information point and community hub.
The group have taken some inspiration from the Razzle Dazzle Mersey Ferry designed by Sir Peter Blake, but you might have other ideas for how Manchester’s newly decorated boat should look!
Come down to Pioneer Quay to see the group’s plans for the boat, find out about the SpaceHive and share some creative ideas for how a new jazzy workboat could be used.