Ant and Nats talk in Louth


Where Can You Find Snow on the equator?

The answer to this was given at a recent talk given to the Louth Naturalists’, Antiquarian and Literary Society by John Haden, former head of King Edward VI School, Louth.

It was called: ‘Uganda, Pearl of Africa’ and since the equator passes through Uganda and the country has very high mountains you can get snow on the tops of the mountains. The name ‘Pearl of Africa’ was given to Uganda by Winston Churchill when he was a young man, but he went there only to shoot elephants and rhinos. John Haden taught at a school there with his wife from 1968 to 1972. He gave a lively account of his experiences, talking about the topography of the country, its history and wildlife. He particularly mentioned the famous western mountain gorilla, which many tourists go to see, but sadly there are only about 400 of them left. After the dictatorships of Idi Amin and Milton Obote John Haden went back for a number of visits. He illustrated his talk with very interesting slides and answered many questions.

April 1 has the society’s AGM and the presidential address: The Drams of John Parkinson, given by David Robinson. Visitors £3.