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History talk on channel swimmer Webb

By Mark Andrews | Newport | Nostalgia | Published:

Historian Alan Heighway will tell the story of the first man to swim the English Channel at a talk in the county.

Captain Matthew Webb

Captain Matthew Webb, who became a world-famous celebrity after completing the feat in 1875, will be the subject of Newport History Society's next meeting.

Webb came from Dawley and is commemorated by a statue in the town.

The event will be held at the Baptist Church in Water Lane, on February 19, starting 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome.

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews
@MAndrews_Star

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.

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