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
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.