Report 8th February 2011

Wainwright and Me

This week Peter Linney, Secretary of the WAINWRIGHT SOCIETY, narrated the story of Alfred Wainwright and his Lakeland Fell Guides with some striking visual images of his drawings. In 2002 he helped found the Wainwright Society which now has several hundred members.

Peter’s illustrations showed how Wainwright progressed from the Treasurer’s office of a mill town ( Blackburn ) to a love of the Lake District hills.

He spent 14 years of his life writing his guides – seven volumes and 729 ways of ascending the 214 mountains in the books.

In 2007, 900 members of the Wainwright Society attended a service of celebration for the centenary of AW’s birth – Peter Linney’s daughter, Susan, a professional singer, took part.

John Taylor.

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