Five pages in Cotswold Life
The January 2017 edition of Cotswold Life Magazine carries five full pages on the restoration of the Cotswold Canals through Stroud.
The article is, for a number of reasons, entitled ‘The Return of the Kingfisher’.
Locally born journalist and illustrator Tracy Spiers, pictured below, called in at the Canal Trust Visitor Centre in December to find out more about the canal towpath that has inspired her in recent times.
Inspiration and Joy
Tracy’s well researched Cotswold Life article on the restoration also describes the inspiration and the joy she experiences when taking her fitness runs along the towpath.
On the day of her visit Tracy showed particular interest in images displayed on the Visitor Centre rolling photo display screen.
One particular sequence of three photographs taken, in 1990; 2002 and 2015 respectively, provides a seamless merge of images linked by the view of Ebley Mill.
(CCT volunteer Chris Handscombe maintains the Visitor Centre video screens and is always on the lookout for an impressive merge sequence.)
See set on the left.
Having published the Cotswold Life piece Tracy returned to Wallbridge in January to present Trust Chair Jim White with a framed illustration of her own interpretation of the merge sequence.
See the set on the right.
Tracy’s picture is now on display in the Visitor Centre.
Asked to explain the rationale behind her artwork Tracy smiled and said, “I am studying for an MA degree in illustration at the University of Gloucestershire.
“This is to build on the BA Hons in illustration I achieved in 2015. The illustration is my own experiment in ‘portraying the passage of time’. To paint it rather than write about it really. I aim to pursue and develop my career as an illustrator in the future.”
Definitely a Stroudie
Tracy explained how the restoration of the canal means so much to her and her family. She also agreed that she is definitely a Stroudie!
“My father was born and brought up in the Stonehouse area. Mum lived part of her childhood in a flat in the Mansion House in Stratford Park. I went to Gastrells Primary School and Stroud High School.
“I started my working life as a cub reporter on the Stroud News & Journal. Then I became BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s voice of Stroud with a small studio in Ebley Mill.
My husband enjoys the canal and is an avid kingfisher spotter on his walks. He often speaks of the ‘flash of blue’ which is why Mathew Casey’s Brewery Bridge mural impressed me so much.
“To see this area coming back to life for so many people to enjoy in so many ways is truly wonderful. I now run as often as I can. I am passing through places and structures that my Dad used to tell me about. That is why I will encourage my five daughters to use and get to know their canal.”
- Click here, or on the Cotswold Life Magazine icon below, to purchase the magazine on-line
- Click here to view CCT Photographer Mike Gallagher’s Ebley Mill photo album
- Click here to view CCT Film-maker Robert Paget’s recently released YouTube piece on the kingfisher