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    Posted 25 June 2003

    THE PRINCIPAL and staff of Harper Adams University College, near Newport, took to the water last week, in support of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust.

    An intrepid expedition team braved the not-so raging waters between Norbury Junction and Goldstone, by Narrow Boat, to see what the local community can look forward to if the restoration of the canal network goes ahead.

    Senior Lecturer Sue Minten, who heads up the University College’s new suite of Rural Leisure and Tourism degrees, found the trip particularly worthwhile. She said: “I wanted to see first-hand the type of facilities and leisure opportunities which the canal could one day make available to the community of Newport.

    “A canal connecting Norbury and Shrewsbury could be an exciting opportunity for the local rural community.”

    Harper Adams’ Principal, Professor Wynne Jones added his thanks to Tom Hazan and the Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust for organising the trip: “For many of us, this was the first time that we had been on a Narrow Boat and therefore gave us all a chance to experience and enjoy this expanding rural leisure pursuit.”

    Harper Adams extensive range of degree courses will include Rural Leisure Management and Tourism and Business Management from this September.


    Caption: Harper Adams’ Principal, Professor Wynne Jones takes the helm of the Narrow Boat as Senior Lecturer Simon Keeble looks on.

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