Through the fun­nels

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In East Anglia, the sur­name Fun­nell is as­so­ci­ated with one of the first pro­fes­sors at the Univer­sity of East Anglia, in Nor­wich. It was Pro­fes­sor Brian Fun­nell, along with Prof Keith Clay­ton, who put to­gether the plan in 1967 to es­tab­lish the renowned School of En­vi­ron­men­tal Sciences there. The late Prof Fun­nell, a ge­ol­o­gist, was also the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the Mouse­hold Heath Earth Her­itage Trail in the area of woods and park­land which he loved in Nor­wich. Else­where, Wil­liam and Pippa Fun­nell are well known Bri­tish showjumpers. John Fun­nell is a Welsh rugby player, and Peter Fun­nell is se­nior cu­ra­tor at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery in Lon­don. In the USA, Dr Tom Fun­nell is a Cal­i­for­nian op­tometrist.

Rider Pippa Fun­nell, pic­tured at the horse tri­als at Houghton in north Nor­folk last year on Ma­jas Hope.

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