Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Reg Boot - An Appreciation

David Bratt, John Grimsey and Brian Hamilton

This article is from Signpost 64, Summer 2020

We record with sadness the passing of Reg Boot on 24 March 2020. Reg, being born with the surname Boot, was surely predestined to make his mark walking the hills and dales on his beloved footpaths and to do all he could to strive for their protection. He found PNFS very much to his liking. And in this regard the Society fully reciprocated.

Reg was a godsend to any chairman, ie a willing and competent volunteer! So when Ernie Sutton retired as Membership Secretary in 2006 Reg with no fuss or need for any gentle coercion stepped up and took on a key job in the Society, not just recording the numbers but working proactively to chase up any wavering members.

He was also an enthusiastic member of the Management team and would enliven proceedings at the monthly meetings. Reg had a solution, ie his solution, to any problem irrespective of in whose bailiwick it fell. He would bark out a terse no-nonsense solution and if it meant he had to carry out its execution so be it.

Reg retired as Membership Secretary in 2011. He turned his attention to being Footpath Inspector for Cheadle and Gatley and represented the Society on the Stockport Local Access Forum, attendance at such being a true test of devotion to the cause.

Latterly he stepped into the breach to work with the Assessors whose numbers had declined. He saw the need to update the working procedures documentation and did just that. His colleagues note that despite encroaching ill health Reg was ever reliable, cheerful, willing and fastidious.

He was a member of the Rucksack Club and an early completer of the daunting Tan Hill pub to Cat and Fiddle pub long distance hill walk (between the first and second highest pubs in the UK).

Our sympathies have already been extended to the family, but are herewith repeated. The wake has had to be deferred but come that day Reg will be saluted by the Society.

Reg for sure left a most valued Boot size mark on our Society. RIP.

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