Stun­ning canal is best job for Dave

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - STU­ART GREER

HE’S been a pub land­lord and a PA to a su­per­star foot- baller.

But now Mac­cles­field’s Dave Thomp­son claims to have found the best job in the world – pro­mot­ing the Mac­cles­field Canal.

The 56-year-old is a fundraiser for the Canal and Rivers Trust, the char­ity which main­tains 2,000 miles of the UK’s wa­ter­ways.

As well as drum­ming up sup­port with the pub­lic Dave, of Higher Hurds­field, is a tal­ented pho­tog­ra­pher and film­maker who can be found on Mac­cles­field Canal tak­ing pic­tures and video from his kayak.

He said: “I’ve done loads of dif­fer­ent jobs in my life, but can hon­estly say this is the best.

“My of­fice is the canal tow­path and I get to pro­mote our amaz­ing wa­ter­ways all day, ev­ery day, and take beau­ti­ful photos and videos.

“It doesn’t mat­ter if its pour­ing with rain or windy, I love it.

“Peo­ple don’t re­alise how stun­ning Mac­cles­field Canal is and the abun­dance of wildlife there, in­clud­ing king­fish­ers.

“I just want to share that with as many as I can.”

Dave has lived all over the world and started film­ing when he was liv­ing on the Ca­nary Is­lands.

He used GoPro cam­eras to film un­der­wa­ter crea­tures and then in­vested in cam­era and drone equip­ment to cap­ture images on land and from above.

Dave moved to Mac­cles­field two years ago where he worked for a former Manch­ester United star.

He soon dis­cov­ered the abun­dance of stun­ning scenery on his doorstep.

Then when a job came up for the Canal And Rivers Trust, he leapt at it.

Dave uses his tal­ent as part of his work but has also seen his films used on TV and by the Na­tional Trust. His images have ap­peared in the Mac­cles­field Ex­press.

Dave’s Youtube chan­nel has dozens of fol­low­ers and fea­tures a stun­ning film of a sun­set as he drifted along Mac­cles­field canal near Ker­ridge.

Dave said: ”I go out in my kayak and just re­lax, al­low­ing na­ture to come to me and for things to just hap­pen.

“That evening I was at right place at the right time to cap­ture those images.

“The light of the set­ting sun was amaz­ing, cre­at­ing this mag­i­cal scene.

“I de­cided to put some mu­sic to it us­ing some­thing com­posed by tal­ented friend Trevor DeMaere.”

Dave Thomp­son at work

A king­fisher on Mac­cles­field Canal

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