Ramblers pay tribute to Derek
AROUND 30 East Cheshire Ramblers gathered at Rainow parish church to say farewell to member Derek Bentley who has died at the age of 83.
Derek and his widow, Muriel, belonged to the group for more than 40 years during which time they led literally hundreds of walks for the group across the North West.
Derek was a highlyskilled aircraft development engineer at AV Roe in Woodford, Cheshire, where he was closely involved in the design of automatic landing systems.
Most notably he took part in test flights of the Vulcan bomber.
The couple met nearly 50 years ago through a shared interest in car rallying.
A commemorative walk held in Derek’s honour was attended by 15 members and featured 11 miles of his favourite “offpiste bogtrotting” on the moors around Bleaklow in the Derbyshire hills near Glossop and included a minute’s silence at the Wain Stones, one of his favourite locations.
Group member Roger Norton has know Derek for 40 years since joining the group.
He said: “He was a very popular person.
“One of the pleasures of walking with him was his range of interests, including cars, photography, natural history and of course his career at Woodford.
“He was a fascinating chap.
“He was quite shy but more respected because of that.”
The couple lived close to Holy Trinity Church, Rainow, where Derek’s funeral and thanksgiving service conducted by the Rev Stephen Rathbone took place
Born in Stalybridge, Derek loved mountains and other outdoor pursuits like orienteering, natural history and sailing.
All were interests he shared with Muriel, including cycling expeditions in Scotland and wild camping trips in Arctic Norway.
●● Well-known rambler Derek Bentley with wife Muriel
●● East Chershire Ramblers held a minute’s silence on Bleaklow in Derek Bentley’s memory.