Michael Fabricant leads tributes following death of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust chairman Brian Kingshott

The city’s MP has paid tribute to the chairman of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust following his death.

Brian Kingshott died yesterday (January 9) aged 77.

Brian Kingshott, chairman of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

Brian Kingshott

Mr Fabricant, who is also the Patron of the Trust, said his commitment to the restoration work could not be underestimated.

“This is a terrible shock,” he said. “I was last with Brian at the Huddlesford Canal gathering and he seemed full of life – indeed, he was always so energetic and I had no idea that he was in his late seventies.

“He was a superb chairman and we often worked together to tackle issues which affected the canal restoration including the routing of the M6 Toll road and more recently issues with the Environment Agency and utility companies.

“He was a driving force in the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and I and the other volunteers will miss him greatly.”

Mr Kingshott was born in Sussex and a graduate of Oxford University. He had led the Trust for 15 years.

David Dixon, the Trust’s vice-chairman said: “He was active until less than three months ago when his final illness kept him away.

“He was a keen boated and an active participant in the Inland Waterways Association and our Trust.

“Brian will be sorely missed.”

 

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