Issue date: 4th June 2013
IWA North West Region has made an award to Mike Friend who for the last ten years has been leading the Shropshire Union Canal Society work parties in the restoration of the Montgomery Canal.
The award, the Tetlow Cup, was presented at the Society's work party on Sunday 19th May, in the company of Shropshire Union Canal Society volunteers, who had spent the morning grading and lining the canal at Redwith Bridge.
The trophy is awarded to someone who isn't a member of IWA, but who has made a major contribution to the waterways over a period of time.
In presenting the award Alan Platt, Chairman of the North West Region and a deputy National Chairman of IWA, referred to Mike Friend's ten years as work party organiser for Shropshire Union Canal Society. He was thus largely responsible for their sterling work in the restoration of the Montgomery and maintaining the profile of the canal especially during the current period when outside funds are so hard to come by.