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Local book wins major award

1st May 2016 @ 6:06am – by Peter & Christine Silvester
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A book published in Audlem about a Shropshire Union Canal boatman has won a prestigious national award.

Born in 1894, Jack Roberts worked on Shroppie Fly-Boats until just after the First World War, and he wrote down his memoirs in the 1960s, though the book was not published until last July.

Jack Roberts lived initially at Barbridge, near Nantwich, and later at Swanley, Grindley Brook and Chirk. Jack was father to Dave Roberts, owner of the oil business and garage at Grindley Brook.

Jack's daughter, Freda Weyman, attended the awards ceremony of the Railway and Canal Historical Society in Croydon on Friday evening. The book won their "Popular Transport Book of the Year Award".

The RCHS was founded in 1954, and has operated its annual book awards for several decades.

"Shropshire Union Fly-Boats – The Jack Roberts Story" was published by Peter Silvester of Audlem Mill, under their Canal Book Shop imprint.

It is one of seven canal books he has published over the last three years – with several more planned.

The book is available at Audlem Mill, or from

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