Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Percy Hutchinson - An Appreciation

This article is from Signpost 68, Summer 2021

David Bratt, Past President

We record with sadness the death on 27 February 2021 of Percy Hutchinson at the time most probably our oldest member having earlier that month attained the full 100 years.

On joining the Society in 1985 Percy showed his commitment to the cause with a succession of 3 Ten year joint memberships along with his wife Muriel. At the conclusion of these he was granted a well earned Honorary membership.

He worked diligently and productively in a number of roles in the Society being appointed Signpost Supervisor in 1986 and a year later was elevated to Signpost Officer.

The following words of family members Tim, Mike and Gail bear best testimony to Percy, ie β€œHe was a lover of the local countryside and an advocate of all that PNFS stands for. The family have fond memories of walking through the Peak District with Dad with pots of paint, bags of cement and newly cast signs.”

Percy signed off from these physical activities in his early seventies and moved indoors at Taylor House joining the Assessors team dealing with proposals via Highway Authorities to create, divert and extinguish footpaths. Norman Edwards the then Chairman recalls Percy as a very safe pair of hands applying meticulous detail in the research and documentation of such proposals.

Percy was a regular attendee at General meetings of the Society and just loved being a rank and file member, socializing and very much at home in the PNFS environment.

We salute his memory and mourn his passing.

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