David Suchet, Vice President of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, paid us a visit on Friday 17th June to see the Trust’s progress and the challenges which lie ahead.
David and his wife, Sheila, met up with the Trust’s volunteers along with Cllr Robert Yardley, Sheriff of Lichfield; Cllr Sheelagh James, Mayor of Lichfield and Cllr David Salter, chairman of Lichfield District Council.
They were shown the great progress since the Suchet’s last visit 10 years ago at Borrowcop Locks Canal Park and Darnford Park in Lichfield, and at Crane Brook near Brownhills, close to the aqueduct which his appeal helped to fund back in 2003.
To complete the tour, Suchet unveiled the refurbished Birmingham Canal Navigation (BCN) boundary post beside the Walsall Road at the Boat Inn which had been donated by John Crowe, Chairman of Wall Parish Council. The post was one of many which once lined the edges of the BCN marking the canal company boundary. The unveiling was assisted by Mr Crowe and Brenda Ward of the BCN Society, and took place in front of invited guests and Trust volunteers.
David Suchet said: “I’m astonished by the progress LHCRT have made since my last visit. The work and dedication of the volunteers is wonderful to see. I will continue to do all I can to help the canals be put back to their former glory.”
LHCRT chairman, David Dixon, said: “We were delighted to welcome David and Sheila Suchet back to Lichfield. Their support has contributed much to our success so far, and we look forward to continuing our close relationship in the future.”
David Suchet Visits LHCRT
David and Sheila visit the aqueduct which was built in 2003 with funds raised by the David Suchet Appeal. Read more here.
Our workparty crew with David Suchet at Borrowcop Locks Canal Park.
Peter and Jeanne had been busy with this ‘little project’, looks like David Suchet was impressed, as we all are. At Oddfellows in the Boat.
David and Sheila Suchet at Borrowcop Locks Canal Park.
Sheila Suchet, Lichfield City Council Sheriff - Cllr Rob Yardley and Mayor - Cllr Sheelagh James, David Suchet, Peter Buck and David Dixon.
Having a look at the cross city line where we need to build a tunnel.
David Suchet with John Crowe, Chairman of Wall Parish Council who donated the BCN Boundary Post (formerly in his garden) and Mrs Brenda Ward, Editor of "Boundary Post", magazine of the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society (BCNS) who later presented BCNS literature to David.
David ‘has a go’ in a digger belonging to WCL Cranebrook Quarries Ltd, assisted by Mark Deadman, a director of WCL.
Many thanks to Mark for his assistance. Photos courtesy of WCL Quarries Ltd.