Two rail stalwarts to be remembered

HARD-WORKING: Peak Rail volunteer Jeremy Clegg.
HARD-WORKING: Peak Rail volunteer Jeremy Clegg.

TWO former railway volunteers will be remembered at a festival in Matlock.

Peak Rail is set to honour the memory of two dedicated train enthusiast – Jeremy Clegg and Roger Bennett – at Matlock Station Festival Weekend from July, Saturday 2 to July, Monday 4.

DEDICATED: Peak Rail volunteer Roger Bennett

DEDICATED: Peak Rail volunteer Roger Bennett

Mr Clegg, a retired railway signalling engineer who had been involved in the running of Peak Rail since 1995, was instrumental in negotiating with Network Rail over the railway’s aims to operate trains into Matlock station. He died suddenly in July 2008.

Mr Clegg was also a Matlock Town Council for several years and Mayor of Matlock in 1993.

On Sunday July 2 at 11am a plaque will be unveiled at the heritage attraction’s newly refurbished platform in memory of Mr Clegg.

Roger Bennett, another long standing Peak Rail volunteer, died in 2006.

He left his entire estate to Peak Rail and the Churnet Valley Railway, where he also volunteered.

His legacy has allowed the railway to complete the Rowsley Engine Shed facility providing accommodation for rolling stock for the first time in Peak Rail’s history.

To recognise Mr Bennett’s contribution to the railway, the Rowsley Engine Shed workshop will be named The Roger Bennett Workshop in a ceremony to be held at the shed at 2pm on Sunday July 3.

Peak Rail joint managing director Jackie Statham said: “It is fitting at a time of great celebration for Peak Rail, that we remember these two volunteers who gave so much to the railway.

“The completion of the Engine Shed project and the opening of the extension to Matlock is thanks to the efforts of many people, but we owe a special debt of thanks to both Jeremy Clegg and Roger Bennett for what they did for the railway.”

Matlock Station Festival will be a three-day event celebrating the great milestone’s in Peak Rail’s history.

For further information contact 01629 580381.