Kinder Scout trespass campaigner gets a plaque

He went down in history as the man who led the mass trespass at Kinder Scout, where hundreds of ramblers claimed their right to roam in the Peak District countryside.

But as a blue plaque was unveiled to honour Benny Rothman, he was also fondly remembered as a life-long campaigner, a rambler, a father and a friend.

Benny, who died in 2002, became famous in 1932 after he led 400 ramblers on to Kinder Scout in Derbyshire in protest against access laws. He was jailed for four months for his part in the mass trespass.

It was only in 2000 that the Countryside and Rights of Way Act finally enshrined in law the right to roam which Benny fought so hard for. The plaque in honour of Benny was unveiled at his home of 58 years on Crofton Avenue, Timperley, where he continued to campaign.

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