David Hutchings spearheaded the drive to reopen the southern Stratford Canal with the National Trust, and restored the river from Evesham to Stratford for the Upper Avon Navigation Trust, which combined with the Lower Avon
Trust to become ANT in 2010.
Evesham main dam and weir, together with sluices, lock chambers and cutting and various islands, have been presented by the directors of Collins Brothers, of Evesham, to the Lower Avon
And one followed for the Lower Avon
- around Stratford, Alcester, Shipston and the far south of the county - nearly four hours later.
Birmingham, the Black Country and north Worcestershire, the Derwent and Wye valleys in Derbyshire, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, the lower Trent valley, the Severn Vale and the upper and lower Avon
valleys were put on "flood watch" - the first of a three-stage flood warning.
Mr C D Barwell, chairman of the Lower Avon
Navigation Trust, said when he addressed Rotarians in Birmingham yesterday.
One covers the Upper Avon Valley which is Coventry, Rugby, Warwick and Leamington and one for the Lower Avon
Valley, Stratford and Alcester.
50 Years Ago For the first time since its formation three years ago, the Lower Avon
Navigation Trust is in debt.
The lower Avon
valley has been put on flood watch - the old yellow alert - with parts of the rivers Avon and Leam, which both run through the borough, on flood warning (the old amber alert).
Mr C D Earwell, chairman of the Lower Avon
Navigation Trust, told the council of the trust that the soldiers, starting on May 19, will work 24 hours a day and seven days a week for about three weeks to erect a steel dam over the mouth of Chadbury Lock, two miles downstream of Evesham.
25Years Ago The Lower Avon
Navigation Trust is clamping down on boatmen who slip through its locks between Tewkesbury and Evesham without paying.