Yearly event to mark trespass

Benny Rothman (on rock in trousers), leader of the Mass Trespass, addresses trespassers on the way to Kinder Scout
Benny Rothman (on rock in trousers), leader of the Mass Trespass, addresses trespassers on the way to Kinder Scout

The first annual event to mark the historic mass trespass on Kinder Scout is to take place in New Mills.

Celebrations last year marked 80 years since the famous moorland trespass of April 1932, when over 400 ramblers protested over the lack of access to open countryside.

Following these celebrations, the Kinder and High Peak Advisory Committee (KHPAC) came up with the idea of an annual ‘Spirit of Kinder Day’.

Roly Smith, chairman of the Kinder 80 Committee, said: “Members of the KHPAC decided that the enthusiasm engendered by the 80th anniversary celebrations last year should not be allowed to wane, and that the event should become an annual one, to keep the spirit of Kinder and the trespass alive.”

The free event, at New Mills Town Hall on Saturday April 27 from 2.30pm, will include a rendition of The Manchester Rambler by Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice Choir, plus a performance by Boff Whalley, founder member of alternative pop band Chumbawamba, of the band’s tribute to the Mass Trespass, You Can, accompanied by accordion player Phil Moody.

Speakers will include Ramblers president and Open Spaces Society general secretary Kate Ashbrook; Terry Howard, chairman of KHPAC; Keith Warrender, publisher of The Battle for Kinder Scout, and Jon Stewart, manager of the National Trust’s Peak District estate.

The official launch will also take place of The Friends of Kinder Trespass membership group, organised by the Kinder Visitor Centre Group (KVCG) of Hayfield, which has long-term plans for a trespass visitor centre in the village.

A special Folk Train featuring Chorlton Folk Club will leave Manchester at 11.45am, arriving at New Mills at 12.15pm.