7th October 2010
Margaret and Brian Limb of Old Whittington, Chesterfield, wanted a special way to mark their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Both are members of the Chesterfield Canal Trust. They often walk down to Staveley to watch the Trust’s Volunteer Work Party in operation.
Instead of personal gifts for their anniversary, they asked all their friends and family to give money. They then donated it all to go towards the further restoration of the canal.
On Thursday they went to Mill Green at Staveley where they met Terry Berridge, who organises the Work Party. They presented him with a cheque for £600.
Margaret said “After fifty years of marriage, there aren’t many things that you want and we admire the work that these lads are doing and want to support them.”
Brian said “We were a bit reluctant to have our photograph taken, but we hope that by making this gesture we will inspire others to do the same.”
Terry said “We are very grateful for this wonderful donation. It will help us to extend the canal from Mill Green to Staveley Town Basin.”
26 miles of the Chesterfield Canal from the River Trent to Worksop have always been open. 6 miles in Nottinghamshire and Rotherham and 5 miles in Derbyshire have already been restored along with 36 locks and 11 bridges. The Chesterfield Canal Trust is campaigning to close the nine mile gap between these two sections. The gift from Brian and Margaret demonstrates the tremendous local support for the project.
Brian and Margaret present their cheque to Terry (right).