Channel Tunnel talk

Allan Cully, centre, a British engineer now living in Paarl, recently addressed Paarl Rotary Club on the technical aspects of the construction of the Channel Tunnel. He was one of the senior engineers on this groundbreaking project, which constructed two rail tunnels under the English Channel to connect England and France. The tunnels, which are 50.5km long, are used by trains which ferry passengers, vehicles and freight between the two countries. The project was completed by private contractors in 1994, and the trains now carry 10 million people a year at a speed of 160km an hour.

Pictured with Mr Cully are Paarl Rotary president Marita van der Sluys, left, and Rotarian Claire Brandon.