Louise and her husband met at Grafham

Louise and her husband met at Grafham

Many of us have special memories of Grafham Water over the 50 years since it first opened. We asked you to share some of yours with us and we had an amazing response.

Louise O’Carroll met her husband here in 1994 when they were both on a school trip, and now they bring their children here to visit.

Some of the earliest memories Jean Chilcott has of her father were connected to Grafham Water. Kenneth Saxton was chief engineer of one of the five water boards in the region and the family were housed in a bungalow in Perry. He was there at the official opening in 1966, again at the 40th anniversary in 2006 and he is here again for the 50th anniversary.

Kirsten Atkins remembers a family visit in 1975 – “My son lost a green ball on the Grafham side,” she says. “It blew straight across the water, I still look for it on the Perry side!”

Kenneth Saxton, chief engineer, in 1966 and again in 2006

Kenneth Saxton, chief engineer, in 1966 and again in 2006

Even further back Charlotte Purser recalls the valley before the reservoir was there. “I remember walking along the floor of the valley not long before it was flooded,” she tells us. “We did it as a farewell.”

For Hilary Grant today has special significance as she remembers the opening. “I remember having a day off school when Grafham Water was opened by Prince Philip,” she recalls. “I have spent many happy hours there since with my children and now grandchildren.”

Jane Shepherd: "Skimming stones and learning to bike ride at Grafham"

Jane Shepherd: “Skimming stones and learning to bike ride at Grafham”

Jenny Boatwright is one of the many who have walked, run or cycled round Grafham to raise money for charity over the years. She completed the full ten mile walk with her mum a year after her heart and kidney transplant to celebrate, and raise money for Papworth Hospital as a thank you.

A visit to Grafham was one of Shirley Standishday’s earliest memories. “It was one of our first family outings must have been around 1978/79,” she says. “My step- father hired a car and we all piled in. No seat belts and over crowded. We ended up at Grafham Water and ate ice cream by the lake.”

Alasdair Fyfe has a proud memory of the Scottish Youth Team who Gold at the Youth International fly fishing Competition in 2014. “The boys went out and beat Ireland, England and Wales. The Scottish Youth Team were led to victory with the help and support of their team manager Mr Arthur Wilkie and coaches.”

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