Peter Watts

From the Website of The Buckingham Canal Society

Peter was born in Surrey in 1936. Following his formative years in State and Private education, he joined the British Merchant Navy for seven years with the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company.

Later, after carving a life out for himself as a chef, he worked his way up to Senior Buyer & Sales Manager for an Animal Feed Company in Wokingham, Berkshire. Prior to Peter’s retirement, he used the trading skills he had developed to form his own agricultural merchant company in addition to another that sold organic fertiliser.

The open water has been in the blood for most of Peter’s life. In his twenties, he sailed and raced at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club in Southend-on-Sea. Upon moving to Newbury Peter joined The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust. He initially purchased a very small cruiser and could only travel between Reading and Hungerford. Helping out with the repair work on the Kennet & Avon Canal was very rewarding, and he could often be found working at the Steam Pumping Station at Crofton, just to the south west of Hungerford, shovelling coal into the fire for the boiler and getting covered from head to toe in black coal dust.

He and his colleagues would also pump water to the summit of the canal, while resting from shovelling the coal, and they would watch a ton of water with every stroke of the pump flow down into the canal. This was opened to the public to raise money to help restore the canal. Peter has now retired and lives in Charndon, near Bicester with his wife. He is an active member of Charndon Parish Council.

They are both members of the Buckingham Canal Society too, and this Spring the Committee welcomed Peter in as their newest Trustee.

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