Familiarisation Tour for Mark Horton
BBC TV presenter and archaeologist Professor Mark Horton recently accepted an invitation to become a Vice President of The Cotswold Canals Trust.
On Saturday 16th March he took time out from a busy BBC filming schedule to meet CCT Volunteers along the whole length of the waterway.
BBC TV credits
Now well known for his contribution to the BBC's popular 'Coast' programme Mark has also featured in other television programmes on archaeology including the BBC series 'Time Flyers' and 'Time Team'. He is a keen sailor and owns the historic yacht Mignonette.
Mark began his long association with the Cotswold Canals Trust in 2008 when he sailed Mignonette to Saul Canal Festival to open the show. He performed the same VIP duties at Stroud on Water in 2012.
Saturday’s tour of the Cotswold Canals enabled Mark to familiarise himself with the course of the canals, the challenges of the restoration and the volunteers who are dealing with those challenges.
Trust Chairman Mike Guest and Trust Director Martin Turner acted as guides on the tour.
East to West
Starting at Inglesham Lock & Roundhouse near Lechlade, Mark was introduced to Eastern Volunteers coordinator John Maxted and Waterway Recovery Group Team Leader Martin Thompson.
John and Martin explained the historic & future importance of the junction of Thames & Severn Canal with the River Thames.
The Trust’s Eastern Depot was next on the itinerary. John Maxted explained the range of work carried out by the volunteers.
As well as canal restoration & maintenance, work includes the manufacture of canal-side benches, bird and bat-roost boxes and plant maintenance. Volunteer Victoria Williams is pictured at the depot painting nest boxes on Saturday.
En route to see the Daneway portal of Sapperton Tunnel the group visited the recently restored Eisey lock chamber.
Visit to the Visitor Centre
Next on the agenda was the Visitor Centre at Wallbridge Lock. It was here that Professor Horton signed up as the Trust's 7,200th member!
Paddle gear practice
Mark then tried out the paddle gear designed by Trust Director Jim White.
|All photos by CCT's Mike Gallagher
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Fact finding cruise
Finally, Mark was joined by radio and press representatives on board canal maintenance vessel Wookey Hole for a fact finding cruise along the restored length of the Stroudwater Navigation to Ryeford Double Lock.
Following the visit BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Vernon Harwood featured a lengthy piece on Professor Horton’s involvement with the Cotswold Canals Trust on the Sunday Morning programme.
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You can drag the cursor along to 43.59 to listen to Vernon's well informed questions and Mark's enthusiastic answers.