Dave Walsh brings us news of the sad passing away of Chris Chataway. As Dave puts it, “Rest in peace Chris Chataway, first patron of the Cambria Trust. What a life you led. Pacemaker for the first four minute mile, presenter for BBC and ITV and politician. And of course you sailed on Cambria with Bob Roberts”
Wikipedia has more of course in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Chataway but he has his own special celebrity to us having been involved in the 1956 BBC series “Away From It All” (Episode 2 “Into the Backwaters”) in which he nosed around in the Essex backwaters looking up people who still worked the old traditional ways. You can buy this footage from our shop – it is the first piece on our DVD “Cambria – The DVD (Cambria Restoration Group”. Bob (plus Mate) and Chris visit Ted Gager raking white weed from the sea bed, Herbert Smith fishing for prawns (and dredging for coal), Douglas Mussett who fished oysters and Bill Linnet (Lynott?), the last of the wildfowlers. It’s a fascinating film to see and, of course, contains plenty of Chris Chataway interviewing them all.
It was on the strength of Chris’s interest in the Cambria that he was invited to be the Trust’s first Patron, the role now filled by David Suchet.