Left in the lurch; Navvies made their mark; tow­path task­force; moor­ings for week­ends

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THANK YOU for Tony Bur­ton’s ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on the navvies and their labours build­ing the canal sys­tem ( CB, March) – full of in­ter­est­ing nuggets of in­for­ma­tion about life at the ‘canal-face’.

I came to the end and thought ‘but the story doesn’t end there’. Of course, the navvies went on to build the rail­ways. And that re­minded me of a more re­cent piece of his­tory: the build­ing of Britain’s first mo­tor­way, the M1.

I have a col­lec­tion on CDs of the Ra­dio Bal­lad doc­u­men­taries by Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger and Charles Parker for the BBC be­tween 1958 and 1964. The sec­ond of th­ese, Song of A Road, is about the build­ing of the M1.

Much of the hour-long pro­gramme is the recorded voices of the peo­ple di­rectly in­volved in the work. What comes through very clearly is that the spirit of the navvies had a lot to do with the build­ing of the M1.

BRIAN HOWARD, 10 Mas­cot St, Tawa Welling­ton 5028, NEW ZEALAND

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