My friend Peter White, who has died aged 76, fell in love with canals while studying at the Birmingham School of Architecture in the early 1960s. On qualifying he worked as an architect in the city and began campaigning to change attitudes towards the local waterways, usually regarded, if considered at all, as filthy backwaters in which to dump supermarket trollies.

He developed one area at the top of the Farmers Bridge flight of locks, restoring old buildings and adding a new pub, to create what became James Brindley Walk.

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