THE organisers behind one project of restoration work on the Montgomery Canal have announced they are postponing their work because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Shropshire Union Canal Society, which is undertaking work to restore around 300 metres of the canal near Crickheath, has paused in its efforts as per government guidelines following the outbreak.

As well as the physical work, volunteers have also pause their fundraising and community work until they receive the go-ahead to continue.

A spokesman said: "It is with great regret that Shropshire Union Canal Society has understandably suspended activity on the last 330 metres of dry channel that will link the newly re-developed Crickheath Winding Hole to the restored section at Pryces Bridge.

"This is particularly disappointing because, the March work party had provided a sense of real purpose, having overcome a number of very challenging problems during the dreadful weather conditions that prevailed in the winter

"There will be no work parties until there is government and Canal & River Trust approval to re-commence.

"The society has also suspended all fundraising activities, promotional talks, and attendance at events."