THE River Weaver was the subject of a fascinating, illustrated talk from member Bill Harris.

Bill shared what he called his ‘very personal view’ of the river from its beginnings in the shadows of Beeston Castle to its exit into the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey, recently visited by members on an excursion organised by the club.

Throughout its length the Weaver passes through delightful Cheshire countryside.

Bill is a keen photographer and we enjoyed many of his own photographs added to with copies of old pictures and maps.

An instructive lesson and a chance to reminisce were both welcomed. Members added their own memories all of which brought the subject to life – from times preceding the construction of the navigation when salt was transported by packhorse to the present day views of Marbury Quay.

Interesting anecdotes included the practice of apprentices being allowed to sit on boats as they were launched sideways and dropped the last few feet into the river.

Illustrations included an interesting view of pre health and safety times when the boats were propped up on old oil drums.

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