Former High Sheriff of Staffordshire to Launch Canal Challenge Exhibition

news_iandudson150pxIssue date: 26 July 2011

The debut of Ian Dudson’s Canal Challenge exhibition, which saw him undertake 16 canal walks across Staffordshire covering 154 miles, will be unveiled in the Destination Staffordshire Marquee at The Waterways Festival, taking place in Burton upon Trent from 29th to 31st July.

Ian, Chairman of Stoke on Trent based company Dudson, undertook the challenge during his year as High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 2010-11 to raise funds for the High Sheriff fund – an endowment fund within the Staffordshire Community Partnership which makes donations to deserving Staffordshire causes.   He will be volunteering at the Festival on Saturday and Sunday to share tales of his journey with visitors to the marquee.

Passionate words and stunning pictures are set around a huge map of Staffordshire which describe Ian’s own personal highlights of each Staffordshire canal, along with his fellow walkers’ experiences.      Since his challenge Ian has become a Patron of the Burslem Port Trust, the Stoke-on-Trent project to restore the branch canal to the “Mother Town” of the Potteries and has joined The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) Stoke-on-Trent Branch.   

Supported by Destination Staffordshire, the special marquee is also the opportunity for festival goers to discover more about the beautiful Staffordshire canal network and the world of possibilities the county holds for holidays and great days out.

Ten Staffordshire waterways related organisations will be exhibiting in the marquee providing details of their canal campaigns.   Visitors will find displays and representatives from: Burslem Port branch, Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals, Lichfield & Hatherton Canals, Stafford Riverway, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, and Trent & Mersey Canal, plus the IWA branches for: Lichfield, Stoke-on-Trent and Shrewsbury & North Wales, plus the Shrewsbury & Newport Canal campaigners.  

To find out more about The Waterways Festival and to purchase discounted advance tickets please www.thewaterwaysfestival.co.uk or call 01494 783 453 ext 602 or 603.  Tickets can also be purchased in person from the Customer Service Centre, Market Place, Burton (credit card and cheque only) or Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre.