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

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


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