40 years on
Primark has replaced C&A as main supplier of WRGie fashions, but has anything else changed in four decades?
Then and now Then and Now
As WRG approaches its 40th birthday, it’s amazing to think how things have changed since the beginning. In 1970, the waterways were run down and neglected by government, funding was hard to come by and WRG was a rag tag bunch of poorly organised eccentrics in C+A cagoules desperately trying to make a difference. Fortunately things are very different now: we no longer have C+A. Here are some other differences between then and now: THEN
NOW Spanking new village hall paid for with Millennium Commission funds.
Dingy scout hut with picture commemorating the Queen’s coronation.
Dark smoky den with violently patterned carpets and a ‘family room’. Beer 2 shillings (10p) a pint.
Dark, smoke-free den with violently patterned carpets and a wide-screen TV. Beer £3.20 a pint.
Dusty old Bee Gees tape found in glove compartment
Dusty old Bee Gees CD found in glove compartment
Pie and a couple pints in the nearest pub. Marathon bar for treats.
Muttered warning about lime mortar, box of sticking plasters
Health & safety
90 minute H+S talk including video, full first aid kit and we’re saving up for a defibrillator
Bell bottomed trousers tucked into wellies, woolly jumper, C+A cagoule
Supermarket jeans tucked into steellies, woolly jumper, Primark cagoule
Despairing of British Waterways Board
Despairing of British Waterways (formerly known as BW Board)
To restore the canal network for the benefit of all, hopefully with help from the new Tory government
To restore the canal network for the benefit of all, hopefully with help from the new mostly-Tory government
An ambitious and energetic Palmer
A different ambitious and energetic Palmer
Sandwich with wholemeal bread, baked-not-fried crisps and a piece of fruit. Mr Kipling for treats.
Magazine for volunteers restoring the waterways.