The work involved in creating the Coronation Channel was enormous.
Tidal water doors were being built at the three bays on the “Canning Factory side”, and fresh water doors on the Fulney Church side.
Farm buildings between Fulney Church and the hall on Holbeach Road had been taken down and land cleared on the opposite side of the road.
The construction involved raising a roadway and the Spalding-Holbeach railway line to allow for the 12 feet high banks of the channel, the Exeter Drain and road traffic was being diverted. Actual cutting of the channel was expected to begin within a couple of months. The last phase would be building lock gates in Marsh Road where the channel would re-join the river.