Ram­blers pay trib­ute to Derek

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

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.

Pi­casa

●● Well-known ram­bler Derek Bent­ley with wife Muriel

●● East Cher­shire Ram­blers held a minute’s si­lence on Bleak­low in Derek Bent­ley’s mem­ory.

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