Issue date: 18th December 2012
An appeal was launched by IWA Chester and District Branch in June to fund an interpretation panel to be erected at Wardle Lock, in memory of the late Maureen Shaw.
Maureen of Wardle Lock was known by boaters throughout the country. She would engage in friendly conversation, and offer advice and help to those who needed it. Maureen’s talks gave an insight into what life was like working the boats and one of her wishes was that we should, “Keep it going – keep telling the story of the working boaters”.
The interpretation panel will tell the story of her early years with the Jinks family learning to steer and drive the horse, the southern route journeys and the loads they carried; the days with nb Spey, and with her husband Jack on nb Dace; and her time helping boaters in her inimitable way in the lock cottage at Wardle lock.
Enough donations have now been made from organisations and individuals from all over the country and the appeal is now officially closed. IWA Chester and District Branch sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to this project, without whose help it would not have happened. Any further donations are to be returned.
It is anticipated that the official unveiling of the panel will take place during the weekend of 23rd and 24th March 2013. IWA Chester and District Branch would like to encourage as many friends of Maureen to be there for the occasion. A further update will be made nearer the time.