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Memories of Oxford Canal are being sought as part of a major drive to get more visitors to use the waterway.

Oxford City Canal Partnership wants help with a project for an Oxford Canal Heritage Trail.

It is hoped the Heritage Lottery-funded project will draw more people to the three-and-a-half-mile stretch that runs through the cit from Bridge Street to Duke' s Lock north of Wolvercote.

Project manager Maria Parsons said We are looking for people who lived, worked on or had something to do with the Oxford Canal since World War Two.

We are looking for people's memories, and pictures would be great.

Visitors will also be given information about the surrounding areas of Jericho, Summertown, Wolvercote and Port Meadow.

Tony Joyce, of Jericho Living Heritage Trust, said the canal was often overlooked among Oxford's rich tapestry of attractions.

We are trying to raise awareness that the canal is there.

It has been very influential in the development of the city.

Oxford Canal was opened in 1790 and became a 19th century trade route, but declined with the arrival of freight trains.

Firms to use the canal included the former Wolvercote Paper Mill, Oxford University Press, Lucy’s ironworks and breweries.

In the 1950s the poet Sir John Betjeman joined a campaign to save the canal from closure, which was successful when Minister for Transport Barbara Castle stepped in.

Canal Boat Hoiday guests can explore the Oxford Canal from Gayton Marina .

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