WE ARE SORRY to bring you the news that Max Sinclair, originator of the Droitwich Canals restoration, has died.
He suggested the idea in the late 1950s, when canal restoration was in its infancy – and David Hutchings, remembered today from his championing of the Avon and Stratford, said “You’d better do something about it”.
Max did, writing letters to local papers and setting up meetings with the local Council which led it to consider developing the canals as part of the town’s future, and in due course to the formation of the Droitwich Canals Trust.
Throughout the following 30-plus years, Max (who is pictured with Sonia Rolt, above) stuck doggedly to the task, as the canal restoration went through good times and not-so-good times. At the same time he pursued his other interests including saving historic boats, restoring windmills, narrow-gauge railways, the Black Country museum – plus an engineering career and raising six children with his wife of 52 years, Jocelyn.
It is fitting that he lived to see the Droitwich reopen in 2011, and become the success he believed it could be.