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John Humphries, for­mer na­tional Chair­man of the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion and Chair­man of the Nar­row Boat Own­ers Club, has died. He was IWA Chair­man from 1970 to 1972, fol­low­ing which he was ap­pointed as a Gov­ern­ment ad­vi­sor on wa­ter­ways, at a cru­cial time when the break-up of the then Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways net­work and its han­dover to the re­gional wa­ter author­i­ties was seen as a real threat. A city so­lic­i­tor by pro­fes­sion, he used his con­nec­tions to in­vite MPs and other in­flu­en­tial peo­ple onto his boat, to raise the pro­file of the wa­ter­ways.

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