Thursday, February 10, 2011

Historic TV documentary of 1970s K&A Canal on line

 A feature on the Kennet & Avon Canal made by HTV in 1973 has been put on line by ITV West Country.

There is a lengthy  interview with General Sir Hugh Stockwell who was commander of the land forces during the ill fated Suez Canal campaign of 1956.

His subsequent, and final, campaign as Chairman of the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust (1967), during what was described then as the Trust's darkest hours, and of the British Waterways Board in 1971, led him to make the famous statement to the Queen, “ I lost one canal Ma'm, but I’ll be buggered if I’ll lose another”!

There is also footage of the famous paddle wheeler, The Charlotte Dundas, with a boat full members of the Ladies Guild of St Andrews Church in Bristol singing merrily — despite the rain — along with interviews with many of the stalwarts of the canal's preservation and restoration at that time.

Watch the film at: HTV 1973 feature

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