Sunday 20th November saw us welcome a great crowd of both current and past volunteers to Paddington to celebrate the last bucket to be removed from Paddington’s depths. We were delighted that Liz the daughter of Frank Hodges and Marie, Steve Moran’s sister came to empty the last buckets in memory of Frank and Steve two of our founder members.
Liverpool TV Channel “Made in Liverpool” also came to record the event, filming the journey of the final two buckets up into skip 159. We started off with Marie and Liz filling the buckets with a specially painted gold shovel, then hoisted them up to Level 3 and then the Buckets were passed from volunteer to volunteer in a chain all the way to the surface and finally into the skip.
Paddington is now completely empty, so what now? What will we be doing on our regular Wednesday and Sunday digging days? Well although digging has now finished, there is lots of tidying to do. We will aim now to complete the installation of the lighting system throughout, then replace the current temporary stairs with permanent galvanised stairs to improve access for visitors in the future.
We will continue to work on our Paddington 2 project, this will hopefully see us getting into further tunnels from the Mile Tunnel. Watch this space on this as we continue negotiations to do this.
Our second really good news is that we were grateful of a visit from Neil Flynn, from Liverpool City Council. Neil brought with him the Licence for Mason Street that we had been negotiating for. Our Chairman Gordon Hunter signed the licence which gives us the permission we need to commence work on Mason Street.
The licence could not have come at a better time, being at the end of Paddington’s dig, we will be moving our digging team around the corner to Williamson’s House Site on Mason Street. This will enable us to start the “Big Dig 2” focusing on the Banqueting Hall, Sandstone Arch, Gash and the Wine Bins. This will also lead, we hope, to gaining access into other known and potentially unknown tunnels in this area.
Once again, we have a very exciting future ahead of us, stay tuned to follow our progress on the Mason Street site in the coming weeks, months and years…
We want to Thank Marie, Liz, Neil and Louise for coming to help make the final dig the success that it was. We additionally wish to thank Neil Flynn and Mark Kitts of Liverpool City Council for their continued support.
A day we will remember for a long time…