Publication dateNovember 2007
Mersey People: The Swimmer
The Mersey and its people – for hundreds of years it has been impossible to say which influences the other most. Without the river there would have been no port, no merchants, no ferries, no shipbuilding. Many of the towns and cities that were the cradle of the industrial revolution wouldn’t exist, and countless lives defined by their relationship to the water would have been lived differently.
But the river, too, has been shaped by its people. Dredged, bridged and canalised, its natural flow has been changed to better serve us. It has been polluted by industry, and revived by a clean-up campaign that is the envy of the world.
With the Mersey in the midst of a renaissance, many 21st century lives are still entwined with it, whether for employment, recreation or inspiration. From ferrymen to cabinet ministers, policement to anglers, their stories tell the tale of the Mersey, the river that changed the world.
For more information visit: http://www.riverthatchangedtheworld.com/mersey
In this episode Dave Sandman, a United Utilities sewage worker who also swims the Mersey talks about his experiences of open water swimming in the river.
Publication dateSeptember 2009
Can Griff Rhys-Jones Swim the River Mersey?
Matthew Sutcliffe interviews Griff Rhys-Jones about his attempt to swim across the Mersey from Birkenhead to Liverpool as part of his BBC television series Rivers.
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