THE custodians of Stourbridge’s Bonded Warehouse and canalside conservation area are looking to appoint new directors to their management team.

The Stourbridge Navigation Trust, which looks after the historic Canal Street site, is looking for people to help steer forward the organisation which is run as a successful small business.

The Trust was formed initially as a sub- group of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Society in the 1970s, when the Bonded Warehouse was a derelict building and the Stourbridge Arm Canal was completely unnavigable.

It became a separate entity in 1985 and these days is well-known among the canal fraternity for its an annual October open day which attracts hundreds of narrowboats and thousands of waterways fans - and its popular canal cruises on restored coal boat The Blackcountryman.

The Bonded Warehouse has also become a popular venue for yoga classes, jazz concerts, theatre shows and other events.

But to ensure the Trust's continuing success into the future new directors are being sought to help take the helm.

Trust financial director Chris Dyche, aged 70, who has been with the group since its beginnings, said: “We're all getting a little older and we need some new blood. We would like to hear from anyone who would have an interest in being involved in the running of the Stourbridge Navigation Trust to ensure the future of the historic Canal Street site, its buildings and canal.

"Financially we're completely sound and we manage ourselves very, very well."

For further details call Mr Dyche on 01384 375582.