Author Victor Canning, who lived in Fenland, is celebrated by The March Society

Treasurer Stanley Rust, historian Edna Stacey, committee member Toni Morley and chairman Jennifer La

Treasurer Stanley Rust, historian Edna Stacey, committee member Toni Morley and chairman Jennifer Lawler. - Credit: Archant

ONE of Fenland’s finest authors was celebrated at The March Society’s most recent meeting.

Historian Edna Stacey read some of the works of Victor Canning, who lived in March in 1934.

He worked in the town’s education office and during this time he wrote “Mr Finchley Discovers his England”, his first bestselling novel.

Edna said that Canning saw March as an oasis in the flatness, not beautiful but clean and friendly. The only disgrace to the town was the odour of the river in summer.

Canning described the Griffin Hotel as one of the most pleasant in England and said that Saturday nights saw the town packed with crowds of labourers from surrounding farms.


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The March Society is putting on a street audit evening stroll along Nene Parade on September 7.

For more information go to www.themarchsociety.org.uk

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