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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Life on the towpath

FORMER Ulverston resident Bert Whalley was a familiar sight with his camera and recorded a wide range of day-to-day activities and social events.

He now lives at Apperley Bridge, near Bradford, and was prompted to send in this group of pictures from the 1990s after reading Evening Mail reports a few weeks ago about development plans for Canal Head in Ulverston.

He writes: “The Evening Mail article brought back happy memories for Sylvia and myself.

“We retired at the end of 1991 and walked the canal about twice a week.

“We normally parked at Booth’s for coffee before returning down the car-free towpath, a walk of two-and-a-half to three miles in pleasant countryside with plenty to see.

“In addition to the plant and bird life, it was nice to meet the other regular walkers and stop to chat.

“We once counted almost 100 coots on the mile-and-a-quarter up the canal.

“Ulverston Angling Association bailiff Joe Dunn walked the canal at least twice a day with his little dog Bernie or Timmy.

“If a kingfisher had been spotted or an angler had caught a specimen fish, Joe was always the first to know and would pass on the news.

“We now live by the Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Apperley Bridge and enjoy regular waterside walks, but we remember Ulverston Canal for its timeless quality and friendliness.

“We have visited Furness twice in recent months for family funerals – always sad events – but a chance to meet up with old friends.

“Several people mentioned my Glaxo Club photographs which were published on the Memories Pages and the happy times we had there.

“We had a laugh about steward Harry Strether and his wife Mary.

“Harry was very easy going and popular, quite unflappable, wheras Mary was the disciplinarian, kept us all in line and always called ‘time’ on time. Needless to say, she was less popular!”

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