Pair’s con­tri­bu­tion to walk­ing recog­nised by special awards

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TWO long-serv­ing mem­bers of East Cheshire Ram­blers with nearly 100 years ser­vice be­tween them have re­ceived na­tional recog­ni­tion for their ‘out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to walk­ing’.

Nor­man Ri­d­ley and Harry Had­field are pic­tured at the group’s re­cent An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing in Mac­cles­field af­ter re­ceiv­ing the Ram­blers As­so­ci­a­tion’s Cer­tifi­cates of Com­men­da­tion from ECR chair­man, John Ed­wards.

One of the found­ing mem­bers of the group when it was formed in 1973, Mr Ri­d­ley be­came chair­man in 1995.

As well as serv­ing through­out this time as a foot­paths in­spec­tor, for more than 30 years he ran a pro­gramme of week­ends away and twice-yearly coach out­ings which en­abled mem­bers to en­joy walks in dis­tant parts of Bri­tain.

“Lots of mem­bers looked for­ward to these ex­cur­sions find­ing them hugely en­joy­able and re­fresh­ing,” said Mr Ed­wards. “In­deed, Nor­man in­tro­duced many of us to places we had never seen be­fore.”

Pay­ing trib­ute to Mr Had­field, he said that for more than 40 years he was a driv­ing force be­hind the foot­paths com­mit­tee, which he helped found, ‘com­bin­ing the re­search dis­ci­plines and rigour of a vet­eran aca­demic and the ad­vo­cacy of a learned QC to be­come an ex­pert on Rights of Way leg­is­la­tion.’

Over the years he had suc­cess­fully cam­paigned to get nu­mer­ous paths pre­served or re­in­stated and had rep­re­sented the group be­fore gov­ern­ment in­spec­tors, in­clud­ing the pub­lic en­quiry into the build­ing of the sec­ond run­way at Manch­ester Air­port.

Nor­man Ri­d­ley (left) and Harry Had­field (right) with John Ed­wards

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