Max Sin­clair

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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.

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