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Calling All Ramblers- Spirit of Kinder Day 27th April 2013



The Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice Choir will again lead the singing of The Manchester Rambler at the first Spirit of Kinder Day at New Mills Town Hall on Saturday, April 27. The event, which starts at 2.30pm, is free and open to all.

They will be joined by Boff Whalley, founder member of the former alternative pop band Chumbawamba, who will sing the band’s tribute to the Mass Trespass, You Can, from their 2005 album "A Singsong and a Scrap” accompanied by accordion player Phil Moody.

The Chapel choir was an enormous hit when they performed the 80th anniversary celebrations at Edale last year. Chairman Geoff Read said: "The whole choir is very enthusiastic about the occasion and honoured to be associated with it.”

Roly Smith, chairman of the Kinder 80 Committee, explained: "Members of the KHPAC decided that the enthusiasm engendered by the 80th anniversary celebrations last year should not be allowed to wane, and that the event should become an annual one, to keep the spirit of Kinder and the trespass alive.”

The main speaker at New Mills will be the forthright Ramblers president and Open Spaces Society general secretary, Kate Ashbrook. Other speakers will be Terry Howard, chairman of the Kinder & High Peak Advisory Committee; Keith Warrender, publisher of The Battle for Kinder Scout, and Jon Stewart, manager of the National Trust’s Peak District estate, which includes the iconic Kinder Scout.

Kate Ashbrook will also launch the Friends of Kinder Trespass membership group, organised by the Kinder Visitor Centre Group of Hayfield, which has long-term plans for a trespass visitor centre in the village. 

John Harvey, chairman of KVCG: said: "Our campaign has already been endorsed by people like Sir Chris Bonington, Lord (Roy) Hattersley and Kate Ashbrook. We now need the general public to join us. We hope to get support from some of the millions of keen walkers and outdoor pursuits enthusiasts who are benefitting from the legacy of increased access to mountain and moorland.”

Among the organisations attending the event are the Ramblers; Sheffield Campaign for Access to Moorland; Peak & Northern Footpaths Society; British Mountaineering Council; the National Trust; Peak District National Park Authority; Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation; Moors for the Future and Friends of the Peak District (CPRE).

Trains are available to New Mills from Manchester and Sheffield, and there will be a special Folk Train featuring the Chorlton Folk Club leaving Manchester at  11.45am, arriving at New Mills at 12.15pm.

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