Sir Frank Price 1922 – 2017
FORMER chairman of British Waterways Sir Frank Price has died aged 95.
Born in a working class area of Birmingham, he left school aged 14 and soon became involved in local politics, being elected as a Labour member of Birmingham Council in 1949. Subsequently serving as Council Leader and Lord Mayor, he was involved in the city’s redevelopment in the 1960s before being appointed chairman of the British Waterways Board in 1968.
He was the longest-serving holder of the position, and unlike previous holders he was regarded by the Inland Waterways Association as “an effective ally in the battle for the waterways”. His 16 years at the helm included the implementation of the 1968 Transport Act, the canal reopenings of 1974, the threat to dismember BW and transfer the canals to the regional water authorities, and the ‘Tunnels crisis’ of the early 1980s.
In his late 60s he retired to Spain, where he died following a battle with Alzheimer’s.