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Ask any British child (who’s been taught some history) about our network of canals and the chances are they’ll be able to tell you that these waterways were designed to provide irrigation but then really came into their own during the Industrial Revolution when they enabled suppliers to move large quantities of goods around the country.
I can’t imagine the manufacturer involved in the production of this particular detergent ever expected to take its products to market via the canal but if it were me I’d be turning this week’s mishap to my advantage and using it in my marketing material…
Manchester’s Ashton Canal was turned into what may well be the world’s biggest bubble bath when water shot in by fire crews tackling a blaze at a nearby chemical plant mixed with detergents that were being stored there. When the residue drained into the canal, it formed a 6ft wall of foam that covered a 100ft stretch of the waterway.
I understand that the foam raised a few smiles from those needing to navigate it and luckily initial investigations by the Environment Agency reveal little impact on water quality and thus minimal danger to wildlife, which is really lucky.
Image courtesy of MEN Syndicate
On a sad note, we report below, the loss of Colin Hasson, one of the industry’s favourites in this neck of the woods and probably well remembered by those who visited the British Institute of Cleaning Science’s stand at an international cleaning show during the nineties and early noughties. I’ve heard about Colin’s rise through the industry’s ranks more than once but without anything written down it would have been stupid to guess and I notice there’s very little on the BICSc page itself. It occurred to me that we should all perhaps have had something in place, much as the press does for royalty, statesmen and important celebrities and the like. That’s quite an accolade, isn’t it?
If you have any memories of Colin you’d like to share, do please email us and we’ll set aside a page on our website as a tribute to the lovely man.
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9th April 2015