24/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 22:04

Kinder Mass Trespass 'should be taught in schools'

Category: England

Published: 27th Apr 2012 00:26:00

A mass trespass in the Peak District was so significant that it should be taught in schools, it has been claimed.

Broadcaster Stuart Maconie made the comment at an event to mark the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Mass Trespass.

The 1932 protest saw hundreds of ramblers walk on to private land on Kinder Scout, in Derbyshire, to assert their "right to roam".

Following the protest, five men were arrested and imprisoned.

Maconie said: "It is as significant an event in our history as any coronation of a king or queen and it should be taught in every school."

He praised the actions of Benny Rothman, a communist mechanic from Manchester who led the walkers up Kinder Scout - which in the 1930s was used to keep grouse for rich landowners.

The protest originated from the "long-standing tradition of dissent and idealism, which existed in the rambling movement", the broadcaster said.

Mr Rothman, who died aged 90 in 2002, was interviewed by the BBC in the 1980s.

He said: "It was possibly a naive idea that if enough ramblers went on a ramble, no group of keepers could stop them because there would be more ramblers than keepers.

"We went up the bank from William Clough in one long line and as we went up the bank, the person in charge of the keepers gave instructions to the keepers to come down the bank and meet us half way.

"They did that and there must have been a dozen or slightly more brandishing their sticks and shouting 'get back'.

"Of course we just ignored them or pushed them aside until we got to the top."

Other speakers included National Trust director general Dame Fiona Reynolds, who told a group of schoolchildren: "It is sobering to think that, unlike you, one in five children in this country don't get the chance to go out into the countryside.

"We are paying tribute today to the event of 80 years ago which gave us places like Kinder Scout, where we can all enjoy the freedom of the hills."

Kate Ashbrook, president of the Ramblers' Association, told the audience: "We cannot be complacent.

"The threats which the trespassers fought are still very much with us, but in a different guise.

"We live in uncertain times, where finance comes before freedom."

Source:
BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. Kinder Mass Trespass 'should be taught in schools' [Online] (Updated 27th Apr 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1424925/Kinder-Mass-Trespass-should-be-taught-in-schools [Accessed 24th Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Amazon reports $126m quarterly loss

    Amazon has reported a loss of $126m (£74m) in the second quarter and warned that sales could slow in the current quarter.
  • Decision to not publish relief road document criticised

    A decision not to publish a document on the conclusions of a consultation on the planned M4 relief road has been criticised.
  • Decision to not publish relief road document criticised

    A decision not to publish a document on the conclusions of a consultation on the planned M4 relief road has been criticised.
  • Major fish kill discovered in Bessbrook River

    A major fish kill in a County Armagh river is being blamed on pollution from farm waste, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has said.
  • Glasgow 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins 'done with road racing'

    Sir Bradley Wiggins says he will not ride the Tour de France again after telling the BBC that road racing is "cut-throat" with "no kind of loyalty".