Kennet and Avon in 1973

A recently released programme from ITV West showing the Western Kennet and Avon in 1973, a lovely tour of some well loved places, that have changed somewhat in the interim.

Watch the film on the ITV website

Moorings at Bathampton in a different era

Moorings at Bathampton in a different era

Boat trip on the Charlotte of Dundas

Boat trip on the Charlotte of Dundas

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4 Responses to “Kennet and Avon in 1973”

  1. EJK MonsterID Icon EJK says:

    The Kennet & Avon Canal has been administered by British Waterways Board (now British Waterways) since 1963 before that by the British Transport Commission. The Kennet & Avon Canal Association became a charitable Trust in 1962 and since then has worked with BW to restore the canal from the derilict ditch it was then. This joint effort has not been without its ups and downs. Please do not forget that if the people on this film had not had the forsight to fight for our beautiful canal we would not be able to live on it work on it enjoy it or even moan about it now.

    EJK K & A Archive

    • admin MonsterID Icon admin says:

      Very true, I was working on this canal four years after the film was shot. I take your comments on board. We should pay homage to the Assocation and the Trust for its efforts to achieve restoration.

  2. paul biddy MonsterID Icon paul biddy says:

    Fantastic satire, kanda 🙂 i laughed so much, I nearly hit the BW boat alert!

  3. zan MonsterID Icon zan says:

    I watched the whole thing just now, and they aren’t ‘shock troops’, nor
    are liveaboards mentioned at any point that I noticed, and I was
    watching quite carefully. The singing is pretty dreadful though. I’d
    rather not post things that are a bit misleading – it doesn’t look very
    good. How can we expect people to believe our problems if they don’t
    think we are being honest about them?