Sir Samuel Whitbread, KCVO, becomes Patron of the B&MK

Sir Samuel Whitbread
Sir Samuel Whitbread
Graham Mabbutt (left) welcomes Sir Samuel Whitbread

Just over 200 years ago Samuel Whitbread, Member of Parliament for Bedford, was the  driving force behind the plan to create a waterway linking the Grand Junction Canal (now  the Grand Union at Milton Keynes) with the River Great Ouse at Bedford.

Today his  descendant and great-great-great grandson is named as the first Patron of the Bedford &  Milton Keynes Waterway Trust (B&MK) which is campaigning to deliver the project.