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The Avon Nav­i­ga­tion lost a link with the past when John Macartney-Filgate died aged 75 in April. Born in Birm­ing­ham, he be­came in­volved in the Strat­ford Canal and Up­per Avon restora­tions as a vol­un­teer along­side David Hutch­ings, moving to Strat­ford in the early 1970s. He ran a ma­rine en­gine busi­ness, hired out nar­row­boats and op­er­ated trip boats on the Avon. He served as Chair­man of the Up­per Avon Nav­i­ga­tion Trust and helped found the Strat­ford & War­wick Wa­ter­ways Trust which hopes to ex­tend nav­i­ga­tion right up the river to War­wick.

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