Trespass marked by 1,200

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MORE THAN 1,200 people attended a week of events to mark the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Mass Trespass last month.

The Kinder 80 festival saw more than 1,250 people attend walks, talks and other events, despite being held during the wettest week in the wettest April on record.

It was organised to commemorate 80 years since the Kinder Trespass on April 24, 1932, an event which led to legislation which cemented the public’s right to roam in the countryside and also the creation of the UK’s national parks. Five of the 400 or so ramblers who took part in the trespass were sent to prison for their actions on that day.

But the festival also celebrated the iconic status of Kinder Scout, its history, wildlife and the restoration work currently being done by the National Park, the National Trust and the Moors for the Future Project, to protect it for future generations.

Chairman of the Kinder 80 committee, Roly Smith, said: “It says something about the spirit of local ramblers and their love of Kinder that they turned out in such numbers to our events in what were really atrocious weather conditions. I am very grateful to them, and to the army of full-time and volunteer rangers who led each of the walks so professionally.

“It is obvious that the spirit of the Kinder Trespass lives on.”

The Kinder 80 committee is a sub-group of the Kinder and High Peak Advisory Committee.