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BCNS February Social Meeting – “How to restore a canal”

Thursday, February 2, from 19:30 to around 21:00

The BCNS February Social Meeting will take place on Thursday 2nd at Titford Pumphouse, Engine Street, Oldbury B69 4NL starting at 7.30pm.
The speaker this month will be Ian Smallshire who will be talking us through a selection of his father’s  photo collection loosely described as “How not to restore a canal”.
The meeting in February should be an interesting one especially for those familiar with the late Vic Smallshire. He was instrumental in saving the Dudley Tunnel in the 1960s when it had been closed to navigation.
This is a quote from the Shropshire Star -” Never afraid to challenge the establishment, 17-year-old Vic wrote to the Inland Waterways Authority, asking what would happen if he simply removed the barrier. The answer was nothing, and what began as a youthful act of rebellion became a lifetime quest to save the region’s canals.
Today, the canals of the Black Country, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the Wyre Forest are considered among the most desirable locations in the West Midlands. This renaissance is in no small part due to the actions of Vic – who founded the Dudley Canal Trust – and others like him, whose tireless campaigning saw them transformed from unloved eyesores into some of the region’s biggest attractions.”


Thursday, February 2
19:30 to around 21:00


Titford Pump House
Engine Street
Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL United Kingdom
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