As I walk down the road and make my way through the old Salford Docks, I pass a number of brightly marked boxes along the way.
They’re placed around the old basins of the dock system and are there should anybody fall in or get into difficulty whilst partaking in the water sport activities that now take place in the basins.
Any stretch of water can be a temptation, but it is more of a danger in an old dock, particularly one as old as Manchester’s. Parts of the quayside may be open to water sports, there maybe the odd pleasure craft travelling up from the connecting river Mersey or the Irwell , but deep down in the waters lie the docks past. Bits of old ships resting on the canal bed from its Historical past as a working port.
(it still doesn’t stop the daredevil kids jumping into erie basin from Detroit bridge though – Crazy!)