June 2013 - Issue 92
A typical busy summer Sunday at Fradley Junction. Then and now feature on P13. PHOTO: WATERWAY IMAGES
Welcome to Towpath Talk
FOR those of you who I know turn straight to the Last Word, this is indeed welcome but for everyone who usually starts at the front of the paper it is more of a postscript.
And you will have noticed that our June edition breaks another record with 128 pages.
As I write I was hoping to say, after the beautiful early May bank holiday weekend, that this spring is looking so much better than last year, but with talk of overnight frosts and even snow in the north this week, this would be rather premature to say the least.
Instead I will just keep my fingers crossed that it will warm up again in time for the Crick Boat Show and all the events planned for the spring bank holiday and half-term break.
Talk of school holidays raises the question of taking the family on a boating holiday and Les Heath shares his experiences with children and grandchildren while I report on a visit to see Muddy Waters at home in Thrupp Basin.
This month’s cover picture shows Fradley Junction in all its summer glory and points the way to Harry Arnold’s feature looking at how it has changed over the past 50 years.
And in Last Word we welcome new columnist Stillwater who hopes to stimulate further debate in these pages. Keep your views coming in either by writing to Talkback or posting your comments on our Facebook page.