| KINDER RESERVOIR CENTENARY 2012 |
The Hayfield Civic Trust organised a picnic for July 15th to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Kinder Reservoir. Several touches reminiscent of the opening day featured in the proceedings. Residents were invited to bring a picnic, a reminder that originally the ladies had picnicked outdoors whilst the men had feasted in the filter house. (Unfortunately access to the filter house is no longer safe.) Period dress was optional and prizes were awarded for the most convincing outfits.
Some participants walked the route of the Kinder supply railway led by Derek Brumhead, who provided a commentary on its history. Others arrived by a more direct route. All were greeted by a celebratory arch replicating that erected at the original event. A siren signalled the start of the proceedings and a welcome address was delivered by the 'works manager' Mr McKenzie (aka John Crummett) and Mrs McKenzie (Sylvia Crummett) awarded the prizes for the best costumes.
As a permanent reminder of the importance of the reservoir in providing safe drinking water, both then and now, an information board was erected at the viewpoint on the path above the reservoir out to William Clough. The content of the board was devised by The Hayfield Civic Trust and its production and installation was funded by United Utilities.
The Hayfield Civic Trust would like to thank United Utilities for their assistance in staging this event and, in particular, for allowing access to the site.