Waterways campaigner dies

Harry Arnold has died following a stroke - Photo courtesy of IWA Harry Arnold has died following a stroke - Photo courtesy of IWA
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Harry Arnold MBE has died following a stroke.

Harry was a former Boating Business contributor and instrumental in many waterway campaigns.

He was awarded an MBE in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for the significant role he played in Britain’s inland waterways scene for almost 50 years, including as a founder member of Waterway Recovery Group and editing the IWA’s Waterways magazine from 1990 to 2007.

In 2008 Harry was appointed as a vice president of IWA. He also carried out a wide range of voluntary roles within IWA and many other waterway organisations.

He was a historian, recording the changing places, craft and people of the waterways since the late 1950’s, an editor, photographer and author of several books on the history of various canals including The Montgomery Canal, The Llangollen Canal, The Trent & Mersey Canal and The Shropshire Union Canal.

He was an active IWA Stoke on Trent branch member and known for his voluntary involvement in a broad range of aspects of the inland waterways, serving as a chairman, newsletter editor, publicity officer and other roles with a range of different waterways charities, organisations and project and event teams.

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