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Chris Boardman, Sir Peter Scott, Paul Gallico and a Snowgoose

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Sir Peter Scott was the son of the famous explorer, Captain Scott of the Antarctic. Peter was a naturalist and founder of the Wildfoul and Wetlands Trust as well as being a founder member of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He was also a friend of Chris Boardman.

Like Chris, Peter was a keen sailor and he took part in the sailing events at the 1936 Olympic Games winning a bronze medal (Chris won a gold medal at the games). In the 1930s, Peter Scott lived at East Bank Lighthouse on the River Nene. It was when he was leasing this lighthouse that Scott made the change from shooting nature to conserving it. It was here also, that another friend of his, Paul Gallico, was inspired to write the novel The Snow Goose. The character Rhayader in the book is based on Scott. Scott did the illustrations for the book.

This photograph, taken by Chris on 4th May 1939 at East Bank Lighthouse has the caption on the back "Peter Scott feeding a Snowgoose".

Peter Scott feeding a Snowgoose

So now we see how Chris Boardman, Peter Scott and Paul Gallico are connected.

Here are some further images:

Peter Scott

East Bank Lighthouse
View across the River Nene from East Bank Lighthouse

Peter Scott

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