I had no particular interest in canals 30 years ago and probably had no space in my life as I was always focused on my work as a community artist in the voluntary sector. I had even worked with Woodgate Adventure Playground and made the side cloths for Charlotte when the roof was installed and my co -worker Singe Walker videoed the Leicester Kids Afloat on one occassion. There was just mutual respect for what we both did and supported each other in the annual round of cuts to the Voluntary Sector. I was very sad when they wind up the organisation in 1997 due to a cut to many but my organisation also went the same way a year later and those days became just a series of memories. Through a mutual friend I was able to contact
Stephanie who was the manager of LKA as I was researching the life of the River Soar and I thought that LKA played a major part of introducing local youngsters to the magic of the river. Stephanie was also reviewing her role of those days and turned up the surviving archive of her ex-organisation including six VHS tapes of a variety of boat trips in the mid to late eighties. Roughly 8 hours of mostly unedited footage was waded through cherry picking the most interesting clips. These I have assembled into a 2 day return trip down the River Soar to give a feel for what the LKA offered Leicester and what was lost when the voluntary board of LKA were forced to call it a day.