EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS
Pair’s contribution to walking recognised by special awards
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