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A Kid Off The Bank


A Kid Off The Bank

In the 1930s, Josh Woodward was considered to be a privileged child, having attended Walsall Grammar School. However, before joining the family leather business, his father insisted he gain work experience that involved hard work, long hours, and exposure to varying weather conditions. This experience also required Josh to learn how to deal with people during trying times.

Consequently, his father arranged for Josh to undergo an apprenticeship by living and working with a family that operated on the canals. Josh recounts his own story of the challenges he faced during this period as he revisits the canal with his 10-year-old son. To his dismay, he discovers that much of what he once knew had vanished, and the canals were in a state of severe decline.

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Colin Sidaway



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