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We have lift off: Massive operation to raise barges from canal to repair them

Some of the boats stretch back more than 100 years

Eleven historic narrow boats are being lifted out of a canal in Cheshire later in a massive operation.

The boats, some more than a- hundred years old, had been stored at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port

The aim is to refloat exhibits at the Boat museum in Ellesemere Port
Some of the boats need extensive repairs

It'll enable conservation work to be carried out, so that the exhibits can re-floated.

Ellesmere Port MP to meet Business Secretary over Vauxhall

Justin Madders MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston is to meet Greg Clark later today to seek reassurance over the sale of Vauxhall motors. He says he remains hopeful but says the government needs to work with unions and workers to ensure the future of the Cheshire plant.

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Vauxhall workers remain 'hopeful' after sale

The French car giant PSA Group announced this morning that it is to buy the European operations of General Motors, including Vauxhall in Cheshire, for £1.9billion. Unions say they have been assured that the plant in Ellesmere Port will continue making the Astra until 2021. Workers say they are concerned but remain hopeful for their jobs.

French car giant agrees £1.9bn General Motors deal

Vauxhall plant in Cheshire Credit: Press Association

French car giant PSA Group is to buy the European operations of General Motors, including Vauxhall in the UK, for £1.9billion, the company has announced.

Unions say they have been assured that the Vauxhall plant in Cheshire will continue making the Astra until 2021 regardless of a takeover.

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