Stroud Town Council awarded a £15,000 grant to the Cotswold Canals Trust to go towards buying two mud boat which will be used for canal maintenance and to keep silt from blocking the channel.
The new boats have arrived and now need names. The town council has teamed up with Stroud Life to run a naming competition.
The chosen names will be painted on the boats and the winner will get to officially christen their craft.
It is open to any Stroud resident and supporters of the Cotswold Canals Trust.
The names should be linked together and express the spirit of Stroud. Deadline for entries is March 18 with the winner being announced at the Annual Town Meeting on March 24.
The judges will be Stroud Life Editor Ben Falconer, Mayor Kevin Cranston and two members of the Cotswold Canals Trust.
Mayor Kevin Cranston said: “It will be great when Stroud will once again become a proper canal town. We wanted residents to feel a part of this exciting project so we thought it would be great if residents could have the honour of officially naming the boats.
“Stroud has a wonderful community spirit and we hope the chosen names will represent that spirit and the town’s rich heritage.”
Entries should include the two names for the boats plus the entrant’s name, daytime phone number, address and email address (if applicable).
Entries can be posted to Stroud Town Council, Thanet House, London Road, Stroud, GL5 2AD or emailed to [email protected]. Please mark entries Canal boat competition.
More information on the Cotswold Canals Trust website.