Ramblers set off from Hayfield for the 1932 mass trespass

Ramblers set off from Hayfield for the 1932 mass trespass

The children of two of the Kinder Scout Mass Trespassers who were jailed for their part in the incident will take part in the celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of the event.

Harry Rothman, son of the trespass leader Benny Rothman, will make the journey from his home in Wales for the Kinder 80 Festival next month.

And Jan Gillett, whose father Tona Gillett was also imprisoned, for two months, despite only being at the event to observe it as a student, will be coming from Warwickshire to join the celebrations.

The festival will be launched by author and broadcaster Stuart Maconie at the Moorland Centre, Edale. Other speakers to the invited audience will include BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding; outgoing National Trust director general Dame Fiona Reynolds and Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society.

The launch of the festival, which includes a week of nearly 30 walks, talks and other events in the Peak District, will be on 24 April and will mark the anniversary of the mass trespass, a key event in the struggle for public access to Britain’s hills.

Chairman of the Kinder 80 committee Roly Smith said: “The 1932 mass trespass was an iconic event not only for freedom to roam legislation, finally achieved by the CRoW Act of 2000, but as a catalyst towards the creation of our national parks, of which the Peak District was the first in 1951.

“The trespass anniversary has become an important date in the outdoor calendar, and many people believe that the sacrifice made 80 years ago by these ramblers should never be forgotten.

“But importantly we will also be looking forward to what has been achieved on Kinder by bodies like the National Trust since then.”

The Peak District National Park Authority; Derbyshire County Council; the National Trust, the Ramblers, the British Mountaineering Council and the Sheffield Campaign for Access to Moorland, have all been involved in the organised the week of activities.

These will include a re-enactment walk on Wednesday 25 April from Hayfield and Edale by ramblers, some in 1930s gear, from Manchester and Sheffield, who will meet up for a victory celebration. That evening, photographer John Beatty will give his Wild Vision audio-visual show at the Hope Valley College, Hope.

There will also be talks on the History of Kinder by Sheffield historian David Hey and Climbing on Kinder by the BMC’s Martin Kocsis.

Walks will include special ones linked to the High Peak Health Walks programme, a timeline walk, and others aimed at families with a focus on fun, adventure and exploration.

A trespass-themed ceilidh featuring the Well Dressed Band and local singer-songwriter Sally Goldsmith will be held, and special exhibitions will be staged at the Moorland Visitor Centre, Edale; Castleton Visitor Centre, and at the New Mills Heritage Centre.

A revised and updated version of leader Benny Rothman’s book on the trespass, published by Willow Publishing, will also be launched at the event on April 24.

More details are on the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass website.

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