20 Que­ses­tions

Peta Hearn is a des­ti­na­tion as­sis­tant at the Canal & River Trust’s Trevor Basin Vis­i­tor Cen­tre, which serves the Pont­cy­syllte Aque­duct. She was named Tourism Ris­ing Star at the Wrex­ham Tourism Am­bas­sador Awards

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1 What first at­tracted you to the wa­ter­ways?

Part of my school cross-coun­try was along the Llan­gollen Canal. If you’re be­ing made to take part in crosscountry, it may as well be along a beau­ti­ful stretch of canal. And dur­ing sum­mer hol­i­days, my fam­ily hired a hol­i­day boat, with grandpa smok­ing his pipe at the helm.


Which is your favourite canal?

Well, it’s got to be the Llan­gollen Canal.


What do the wa­ter­ways have to of­fer the coun­try?

A his­tory-rich, liv­ing mu­seum with the op­por­tu­nity for some good ex­er­cise.


Tell us about your boat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence…

My brother, a friend of his choice, my­self and a friend of my choice along with my mum, grandma and grandpa would set out to cover as much of the canal as we could. The kids were all made to jump off at the locks and if we were lucky, stand at the tiller once in a while. I have to say the roof of a boat has to be one of the best sun­bathing spots.

5 Have you ever fallen in?

Nope, but work­ing at Trevor Basin has given me the op­por­tu­nity to see a few other peo­ple fall in.


What do the wa­ter­ways need most?

The gen­eral pub­lic and hol­i­day­mak­ers to re­alise that over 2,000 miles of canal in the UK are main­tained and cared for by a char­ity. I didn’t know this un­til I started work­ing for CRT. It’s a big re­spon­si­bil­ity.


What are you read­ing? The King’s Curse by Philippa



Who would be your ideal cruis­ing com­pan­ion?

I’d have to say my mum. She’s a good cook and I have taken af­ter her in many of my in­ter­ests.


What did you want to be aged 12?

A Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tor


Where do vis­i­tors come from?

They come from all over the world, Last year we recorded 51 dif­fer­ent coun­tries hav­ing signed our vis­i­tor book in the cen­tre.


Was it a steep learn­ing curve?

Not at all.


Did you catch any of the canal-themed TV re­cently?

I’ve seen parts but I don’t watch much TV. I have to say the pro­gramme that beats them all is when An­neka Rice vis­ited North Wales and the Pont­cy­syllte Aque­duct on Chal­lenge An­neka, it’s still avail­able on YouTube. Their plummy ac­cents are what make it.


What are your fond­est mem­o­ries of the wa­ter­ways?

Hol­i­days with fam­ily and mem­o­ries of my big brother.


What do you think of peo­ple on the canals?

I think they’re an eclec­tic mix­ture of peo­ple from all kinds of back­grounds with all sorts of canal sto­ries.


What is your proud­est achieve­ment?

My proud­est achieve­ment was prob­a­bly re­ceiv­ing a more per­ma­nent job with the Trust be­cause this meant they wanted be back.


What would you like to see hap­pen to the wa­ter­ways in your life­time?

I’d like to see less rub­bish be­ing dropped along the canals be­cause then we’d know peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the canals and countryside.


Do you own a boat yet?

Not Yet but I’d like one, so if any­one would like to give me one that would be much ap­pre­ci­ated.


Where do you hope to be when you’re 70?

Sun­ning it up some­where warm.


Where in Bri­tain would you most like to cruise?

I’d like to visit the Ox­ford Canal and Thames to soak up the great views of Ox­ford’s ar­chi­tec­ture.


What would your su­per­power be?

My su­per­power would be time travel.

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