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Tributes paid at Benny Rothman plaque unveiling

Posted 26 October 2012
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Tributes paid at Benny Rothman plaque unveiling
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Tributes have been paid to the late access campaigner Benny Rothman as a plaque was unveiled at his former home in Greater Manchester.

Best known for his role in organising the Great Trespass by around 400 walkers on Kinder Scout in 1932, Rothman lived for many years in Timperley and his son Professor Harry Rothman and his daughter Marion Thilo.

Councillor Jonathan Coupe of Trafford Council, which arranged for the plaque to be added, said: "It's because of Mr Rothman that we are able to enjoy our countryside as freely as we can today."

Jerry Pearlman from the Ramblers, said Rothman was an "utter hero" to him and he got involved in the access movement as a result of the Kinder Trespass.

The idea of the trespass occurred a few weeks earlier when members of the British Workers Sports Association, of which Rothman was a member, were turned away by a group of gamekeepers when they tried to go walking on Bleaklow.

Frustrated at the lack of access, he and others decided the best form of protest would be a trespass by so many people that the gamekeepers would not be able to stop them.