Last Friday UNSECO announced the Black Country has officially been designated a UNESCO Global Geopark, in recognition of the region's world-class natural features and cultural heritage. The Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust was part of the bid to help bring this fruition. As a result, Member of Parliament for Dudley North, Marco Longhi, made a visit to the world-famous caverns in Dudley, which are administered by Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust.
Marco Longhi MP, said “To be there for the official reopening of such a unique tourist attraction and to be one of the first passengers, was an absolute joy. On top of that to also hear that UNESCO has granted our area such a prestigious title, because of our outstanding industrial and georgical heritage, I was so proud.
Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust CE, Traci Dix-Williams stated “we were really pleased to welcome Marco for our reopening and to show him the changes we have made to make the attraction safe for visitors. It was helpful to discuss the future for our attraction, including the opportunity to connect with the Wren’s Nest by using our amazing links and reopening the tunnel and offering a new experience and trip. I am really pleased to have Marco’s support.”
Marco Longhi MP, said “these last few months have been a real challenge for many businesses including our world-leading tourist attractions such as the caverns. No-where in the world has anything like this and we should be very proud of how the trust has helped safeguard this for future generations.
I look forward to working with the trust to help build on its potential and take full advantage of the new status for our area.”