20th February Peter Wild — The canals of England

Peter took us on a jour­ney of explor­a­tion through the high­ways and byways of our canal system, with great enthu­si­asm and a very inter­est­ing set of slides. Peter was an avid narrow boater and was able to describe many of his per­sonal exper­i­ences as he covered, the water­ways. He took us through tun­nels, under bridges,over aqua­ducts, through locks, and poin­ted out some hostel­ries, touch­ing on their his­tory.

He also explained the art of the dec­or­at­ive paint­ing of the barges and utensils: some­thing his wife is par­tic­u­larly good at. His talk enabled us to see the coun­tryside and our indus­trial her­it­age from a com­pletely dif­fer­ent point of view, with no rush or noise; just the sound of the birds and the water.

We must remind ourselves that Peter is a very young 90 and Stuperlowe Probus has invited him back for his cen­ten­ary talk.

David Corns.