Rock legend backs canal restoration

Published: Monday, 16 January 2017

DAVE BERRY, famous for classic hits such as The Crying Game, has been appointed as Restoration Ambassador for the Chesterfield Canal Trust.

Dave is a long time supporter of the Trust. He was presented with his Honorary Membership and Ambassador certificate at Hollingwood Hub, by Bev Hunt, the Secretary, and Kath Auton, the Membership Secretary of the Trust, pictured.

Restoration appeal

The appointment is timely, because the Trust has just launched a restoration appeal fund entitled ‘A Place in History'. In 2016, it spent over £85,000 on the restoration of the canal done by its volunteer work party. The appeal is necessary in order to keep up this level of spending. All monies raised will go towards the costs of plant and materials used by the volunteers.

Details of the appeal, including how to donate, are on the Trust's website—search for Chesterfield Canal. Leaflets are available at Tapton Lock Visitor Centre and Hollingwood Hub.

Lives locally

Dave Berry lives locally, in Dronfield, and first made contact with the Chesterfield Canal Trust whilst taking his granddaughter on a Santa Special cruise a few years ago. He was impressed by the work that the Trust's volunteers do and decided to help.

In 2014 he cycled the full length of the canal raising several hundred pounds in sponsorship. He has spoken at a Supporters' Group meeting and is often to be found walking or cycling along the canal.

Dave's chart successes were in the 1960s, but he is still working hard. In April and May, he is touring with Wayne Fontana, Chris Montez and the Merseybeats on the Solid Silver 60s Show, covering 31 dates. For further information, go to his website: