23rd April 2014
Dave Berry had lots of hits, such as “Little Things”, in the 1960s. He is now a big hit with the Chesterfield Canal Trust.
On April 15th Dave cycled the full length of the Chesterfield Canal from Chesterfield to West Stockwith on the River Trent. That’s 46 miles altogether.
He did it to help raise funds for the Trust.
Dave was accompanied by two friends – Jeff Troops and Ian Stott. George Bunting and Rod Auton, Trust members, went the first 18 miles to Shireoaks, where the group stopped for some well earned refreshment very kindly donated by Laura’s Coffee Shop.
Dave said “We had a really wonderful day, though it was hard going towards the end on the grass towpath. The canal is really beautiful and I recommend anyone to walk or cycle along it.”
He lives locally and first made contact with the Chesterfield Canal Trust whilst taking his granddaughter on a Santa Special cruise last Christmas. He was impressed by the work that their volunteers do and decided to help.
Dave may not have appeared in the charts recently, but he is still working hard. In October, he will start the Sensational 60’s Experience 50th Anniversary Tour with the Union Gap, the Ivy League, the Swinging Blue Jeans and Herman’s Hermits. This will run to over sixty performances across Britain.
Kath Auton, Membership Secretary for the Chesterfield Canal Trust, said “We are enormously grateful to Dave and his friends. We hope that lots of people will donate to the Trust in support of their wonderful achievement. We are delighted that Dave has said that he would like to be involved with the work of the Trust in the future.”
Dave in Shireoaks with Laura Elliott (Laura’s Coffee Shop) and Kath Auton (Trust Membership Secretary)
Dave at Turnerwood with Diane Gleeson who owns Orchard Teas.