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AM Hall, who has cerebral palsy, is to take to the saddle to
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life along 119 miles of the Tour de France route.
He takes on the challenge two years after undergoing lifechanging
Sam, 34, who lives in the town centre, is riding to raise money for
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for him than most people, given his cerebral palsy and brain
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when I did the Coast-to-Coast cycle trail over three days with
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Lesley’s back in town
Much-loved opera singer Lesley
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celebration with the Chesterfield
Philharmonic Choir this month -
40 years on from when she
performed with them at the
very start of her career. Twist’s
Deborah Wain catches up with
Lesley ahead of the concert
T was in July, 1979, that Lesley Garrett
was guest soprano with Chesterfield
Philharmonic Choir in a choral and
orchestral concert at the Crooked Spire.
At the time, Lesley was a final year student at
the Royal Academy of Music and had been given
small engagements under a development
scheme in order to build her experience and
She said: “It was a great way of gaining
experience and I remember it as a formative
period in my development. The concert went
very well and was well-regarded by the local
“It basically got me going and without these
concerts I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m
incredibly grateful to Chesterfield Philharmonic
Choir for that opportunity and for welcoming me
back 40 years on.”
On Saturday, 29th June, Lesley will again
perform with the choir in a summer celebration
event at The Winding Wheel. It comes as the
choir wrap up their 52nd successful season in
Some nine singers who were on stage with
Lesley 40 years ago and have eagerly followed
her career will be involved in the latest concert.
Lesley, from Doncaster, has gone on to become
one of the most well-known opera singers in the
country, not only with the opera cognoscenti but
with mainstream audiences too.
As well as her recordings, she has performed
on stages around the globe and with artists from
right across the musical world. She has had her
own TV series as well as taking part in
programmes such as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’,
‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, ‘Loose Women’
and ‘Songs of Praise’.
Asked for a career highlight, Lesley chooses
her TV series of the early 2000s and the CBE
she was awarded in 2002 for services to music.
It is a source of pride to her that she has brought
opera and classical music to a wider audience.
She puts her long career down to the singing lessons she’s had for
the last 42 years with singing coach Joy Mammen, whom she met
while at the Royal Academy, her “understanding husband” Peter, a GP,
with whom she has two children, and also that she has remained
passionate about singing.
As well as enjoying new challenges and projects – she has just
finished appearing in a new opera at English National Opera, based on
the women victims of Jack the Ripper which will be brought to Leeds
in 2020 – she is keen to share her love of what she does.
She said: “Choir numbers are going up and that’s great. It’s very
healthy to sing. It makes you breathe deeply and stand up straight and
Lesley Garrett: ‘The 1979 concert went very well and
was well-regarded by the local press’
helps you to feel confident.”
Lesley was thrilled to receive the invitation to sing again with
Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir.
“It’s a wonderful way to celebrate being a professional singer for 40
years. I’ve never been out of work in that time,” she said.
Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir took its title in 1967. Musical Director
Steven Roberts, who boasts a long list of choral achievement both
here and abroad, joined in 1996.
Today Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir has a membership of nearly
90 singers, drawn from the local area and further afield.
Steven said: “Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir have never stopped
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being innovative and have always tried to push the musical boundaries
to challenge and inspire both singers and audience alike.
“We have given several first performances, sung the great choral
classics and ventured into lighter repertoire as well. Every time the
'Phil' has embraced the genre and given their best to achieve the
highest possible standard. As amateur singers, we strive for
professional standards and in so doing we engage professional
instrumentalists to accompany us.
“Alongside this, I have always been a champion of new and young
talent. I was afforded many opportunities as a young conductor and
was very grateful for this support. The choir regularly engages young
soloists, often in their final year of study to sing with us and indeed this
was the case 40 years ago.
“Whilst we cannot boast giving young soloists the start they needed to
be successful, we can boast about the opportunity to perform, to hone
their craft, to begin their artistic journey. One simple performance
doesn't make a career, but it adds to the experience and it teaches us
how to be professional and how to do the job!
“For many soloists, a career in the public eye is not achievable, but
when a personality shines as bright as Lesley's it is inevitable. Even in
that early performance 40 years ago, the handful of singers who are
still in the choir tell me that she had something special, a certain
quality, that many have now come to love.
“Lesley has a wonderful connection with her audience and makes
those she performs with feel very special.
“Having Lesley sing for and with us in Chesterfield will be a special
night. For those who experienced, what would have been one of her
early performances, it will rekindle memories. For those fairly new to
the choir it will be a joyous and memorable evening.”
As a nod to the original concert, Lesley will perform ‘Pie Jesu’, from
‘Durufle’s Requiem’, a piece on the original music sheet.
But will Lesley feel as nervous as she did before the last
“I don’t get nervous in the way I used to but I still get very excited
and there is always that moment of anticipation,” she said.
The concert will include performances from the Parish Church choir
and Charlotte Potter, who is an up-and-coming soprano, just as Lesley
was all of those years ago.
The Phil In Concert with Lesley Garrett, presented by Chesterfield
Philharmonic Choir, is on at the Winding Wheel, on Saturday, 29th
June, at 7pm. Tickets are £26.20, concessions £21.20, under
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It’s even better for me this year too; I get four extra weeks from
the usually scheduled six for my summer holidays because for me
it’s the end of year 11. I can’t wait. Ten long weeks, it’s what’s
fuelling me through exam season right now.
I hope it’s hot. But not as hot as last year; that was unbearable at
times and I don’t want to be stuck in an un-air-conditioned exam
hall while it’s sweltering outside.
Being sunny is one thing, but when it’s too hot I just can’t handle
it, I’d rather it be cold and wintry at that point. Controversial
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There are probably going to be a lot of extra-long lie-ins but
there’s nothing wrong with that. Apart from sleeping, I’m not really
We’ve not been blessed with a football World Cup this summer
like last year and even though we have the Nations League to
contend with, I’m not sure it’s going to fulfil my football cravings, to
be honest. I guess the rugby World Cup in Japan will just have to
do, I suppose.
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easier said than done. And then when they’re here, the holidays will
probably fly by and I’ll be back in school for sixth form.
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OCAL people living with or beyond cancer are being
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The idea is to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at the popular free
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Participants then chat over a drink and cake in the café. The group
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There are currently 5K Your Way groups at 32 locations in the UK
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Wendy said people had come from Chesterfield and further afield
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“5k Your Way is quite a small charity but gradually word is getting
out and the feedback has been brilliant so far. It’s good to be taking
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She added: “Being told you can exercise can make all the difference.”
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Tackling Travellers issue
Toby Perkins MP explains why he is
proposing a new bill in Parliament to make
it an offence to demand money to leave
land that you are occupying illegally
HE siting of impromptu Gypsy and Traveller camps are
always controversial issues and there is always a
significant public outcry when a camp appears in our town.
Much of this is based on people’s experiences of the huge cleanup
required afterwards and the impact it can have on the owners of
We have seen temporary encampments appearing on public and
private land, at Queen's Park, Holmebrook Valley Country Park,
Millenium Way Business Park and numerous other sites. This has
often cost the borough council and local businesses thousands of
pounds in legal fees to evict them, and then hundreds of pounds
more in clearing up the sites once they have left.
There is also a growing problem of Travellers setting up
unauthorised encampments on business premises and then
demanding cash to leave the site. This happened to a local business
in Dunston recently and the advice they received from the police
was that often paying for the Travellers to leave is cheaper than
taking legal action.
This is simply extortion and so I am proposing a new bill in
Parliament which I introduced on 22nd May to make it a specific
offence to demand money to leave land that you are occupying
The 'Unauthorised Encampments' bill had its second reading in
Parliament and although there is not time for it to be brought into law
in this parliament, I hope that it will be the start of a debate about
how the balance between a recognition of traveller lifestyle can be
done in a way that doesn’t impinge upon the lawful activities of our
Adjusting legislation to protect landowners and businesses will rebalance
the law more evenly to prevent these extortionist practices.
There needs to be accommodation for Gypsy and Traveller
communities in a way that can win the confidence of local
communities, but ensuring that action is taken against criminal
elements is a part of building that public confidence.
The Traveller community does face discrimination and mistrust and
there is always opposition to any proposed sites; achieving a better
balance could lead to there being less hostility in future whilst
preventing businesses or communities from feeling powerless and
as though the law is against them.
It is one thing to acknowledge that Travellers will need somewhere
to be, it is quite another for them to use their presence as a
negotiating and money-making tool.
However, whilst it is important not to generalise, there are historic
Toby Perkins MP: ‘The best approach we can take is to create
permanent Gypsy and Traveller pitches in every area’
problems linked to Traveller sites that makes communities uneasy
about having a site in their area. And, though there is a duty on all of
us to not discriminate and prejudge Travellers, there is also a duty
on their community to adhere to the law and be respectful towards
the communities they move in to.
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Traveller pitches in every area so that there are always places for
Travellers to set up camp. This will hopefully reduce the number of
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You’ll never walk alone
It’s the world’s fastest-growing sport and its
birthplace was right here in Chesterfield. Now
the town is preparing to host walking football’s
first European tournament. Mike Firth reports
OHN Croot has taken on many jobs and responsibilities
during his life, but until recently he would never have
considered himself to be an inventor.
However, it was Chesterfield man John who dreamed up the idea
and laid down the rules for an activity which has gone on to
transform the lives of countless numbers of older people around the
When walking football was first introduced by John and his
Chesterfield FC Community Trust colleagues just ten years ago, it
caused many a smile. But when sessions at Queen’s Park Sports
Centre were followed by games at Dronfield, Hasland and Newbold,
it was soon deemed a success.
Now the game is enjoyed as far afield as Australia, New Zealand,
Malaysia and Uganda and an inaugural World Cup is being planned
for next year. This month, top walking footballers are to feature in
the European Nations Cup which is to be competed for at the sport’s
birthplace, the Proact Stadium, on June 8th-9th.
Teams from England, Wales, Italy, France, Holland, Spain and
Portugal have been invited to compete, with a fans tournament also
being staged, plus a gala dinner taking place at the stadium.
Recalled John, chief executive of the Chesterfield FC Community
Trust: “Back in 2009, the Football Foundation had a project called
Extra Time, looking to encourage the over-50s to take up healthy
Walking football is a great way to stay mobile and agile as
you grow older. The game is administered by the Walking
Football Association and it has specific rules that outlaw all
running and allows no contact between players. Over head
height restrictions and indirect free kicks ensure that the
sport is played safely with full consideration to the
Teams are either five or six-a-side and competitions
generally feature teams of over-50s or over-60s. However,
some players who compete are in their 80s or 90s. All
information, including rules, is available on the website,
“I went over to Manchester to hear a presentation to community
trusts. They had grants on offer which would normally have gone to
social activity projects featuring draughts, dominoes, snooker or
“Driving back through the Peak District, I asked myself what
barriers there were preventing older people from playing football.
There were obvious things such as running, sliding tackles and
throw-ins, so I imagined the game of football without them.
“I’ve always enjoyed walking and that’s why it came to me. When I
got back to Chesterfield I told colleague Andy Morris that I quite
liked the idea of walking football, ‘so let’s book a session and get it
“The world’s first ever walking football session was at Queen’s
Park, then it expanded to The Akademy in Dronfield and out to
Hasland and Newbold, and we had some really good feedback.
“After a few months, we were featured on Sky Sports News and
following that we received calls from more community trusts, leisure
centre managers and other charities and they all wanted us to send
them a copy of our rules.”
Locally, the Senior Spireites took up the game with a good deal of
success and former Chesterfield FC players Colin Tartt and David
Pugh took part. As some players improved their fitness, they
John Croot: ‘One player told me that when you score a
goal, whether you are 18 or 80, it still feels the same’
featured in a “moving on” group and began playing five-a-side
Said John: “For us as a Trust, it was a fantastic outcome. People
who hadn’t played football for years stepped onto a pathway which
took them to walking football, then running.
“When walking football was featured by Barclays Bank in one of
their TV commercials, I remember turning to around my wife, Louise,
and telling her ‘I invented that’.
“It was at that point that I realised how big the sport was
becoming and how important it was to so many people.”
If any proof were needed of the sport’s roots being here in
Chesterfield, the Trust recently uncovered their first register for their
walking football group from a decade ago.
Since then, the game has featured on TV in Germany, France and
John has been contacted for information by groups in Africa,
Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Gibraltar and
elsewhere. On a recent family holiday to Tenerife, he looked out of
his hotel window and noticed some people outside were playing
Walking Football Association chief executive Paul Carr
explained why Chesterfield was chosen to host the
He said: “Chesterfield is the home of walking football as
John Croot, who is a WFA non-executive director, works here,
lives here and created the game here, so it’s the perfect place
to host the first international tournament for walking
He visited Milan to help launch the sport in
Italy and was then invited to make a return
visit to present the trophy following an
international between Italy and England.
Added John: “Some people are joining in
who haven’t kicked a ball for 25 or maybe 30
years and many of them say it has changed
their lives. One player told me that when you
score a goal, whether you are 18 or 80, it
still feels the same.”
In addition to improving their fitness,
players also rediscover the camaraderie they
thought they had lost forever, making friends
and joining them on other activities. Locally,
these have included cycling in the Peak
Although primarily aimed at the older
generation, walking football can be played
by anyone - and grandads can kick a ball
along with their grandsons.
Malaysia has considered walking football
as a way of getting its younger generation
John, also a long-serving director with
Chesterfield FC, is keenly anticipating the
‘Euros’ event at The Proact and says it will
be a major celebration of the sport. The
England players have undergone trials in
order to be selected.
“The game was invented here, so there’s no
better place to have it,” he said.
Left: Local enthusiasts
in walking football action
(Picture: Tina Jenner)
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Paradise and destruction too
When Howard Borrell visited The Galapagos
to witness the success of their conservation,
he rapidly realised that support for the
programme wasn’t country-wide
'VE always assumed that something as incredibly complex as
"the meaning of life" could never really be explained; I've yet
to change my view.
Just recently, I visited the Galapagos Islands, the basis of Darwin’s
‘Origin of Species’, which he penned after visiting several of the 20
islands situated on either side of the equator in the Pacific Ocean,
600km off the Ecuadorean coast.
The archipelago was created through volcanic eruptions millions of
years ago as land masses slowly emerged and life subsequently
followed. It’s assumed that the first animals to arrive, probably
turtles and iguanas, hitched a ride on flotsam and the flora appeared
via seeds dropped by birds or blown in by the breeze. The rest, as
they say, is history!
The species grew in variety and numbers but many were almost
wiped out 200 years ago as pirates and whalers failed to appreciate
the uniqueness of the Galapagos and simply ate their way through
most of the nutritious turtles and tortoises.
Nowadays, thankfully, there is a passionate commitment to
protection and conservation with sustainability also crucial for a
secure future. In other words, they do what is right for them and
Sadly, the other three Ecuador regions (the Highlands, the Coast
and the Amazon Forest) are much less enlightened. The level of
deforestation is one of the highest in the world; just under 2% of the
original forest remains. In the last ten years, over 70% of the coastal
mangroves have been destroyed by the shrimp industry; oil
production (the cause of a war with Peru) has caused huge
destruction and soon mining will further worsen the ecological
So, while applauding the wonderful efforts made in the Galapagos
to safeguard their endemic species, the destruction in the other
regions continues relatively unabated.
I suppose really it's the old adage to blame: short-term gain is the
Giant tortoise keeping cool
order of the day rather than planning for the long-term.
Ecuador is a wonderful, diverse country that has an abundance of
natural resources sufficient to make its entire population wealthy,
sadly exploitation and corruption have syphoned off the majority of
We are all unhappy with politicians in the UK for their collective
failure to manage Brexit, but, compared to the lack of governance in
South America, we have little cause to worry.
The Galapagos remains a "bucket-list" destination and I wouldn't
have wanted to miss seeing a blue-footed booby hatch or swimming
with hammer-head and reef sharks. The real irony is that the long
term success of the country would be enhanced by policies similar to
those in place in the Galapagos region. There is plenty of room for a
balance between exploitation and conservation.
It’s a shame that saving a unique rainforest and the indigenous
people who have lived there since well before Spanish colonisation
doesn’t seem to capture the world’s imagination in the same way
that breeding giant tortoises does.
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environmental benefits so incomes can be earned and our futures
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Classic Motorcycle Day, on Sunday 7th July, is back by popular
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young people and their families, leading youth charity YHA
has published details of public transport links to its youth
hostels in the National Park.
Almost half of the country's most socially deprived areas are
more than 15 miles by road from ten national parks, and research
by the Campaign to Protect Rural England found that the
country's poorest people are being denied access to these parks
because they don't have access to a car. Only one in ten journeys
to national parks are made by another mode of transport.
Choral Society date
CHESTERFIELD Co-operative Choral Society is inviting people to
join them at the Winding Wheel for Karl Jenkins' epic ‘Symphonic
Adiemus’ on Saturday, 15th June, at 7.30pm, as part of a project
to promote the Five Ways to Wellbeing through music and
Supported by the NHS, this is an evidence-based approach that
people can use to improve mental health and wellbeing. Joining the
society for this performance are other community groups including
Wirksworth Community Orchestra, NE Derbyshire Music Centre and
The performance is being supported by professional musicians.
Tickets (£15, £12 concessions, £7 Under 10s) are available from
chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk or on 01246 345222.
WINNERS of last month’s Twist competition offering tickets for the
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ST Peter & St Paul's Church, at Old Brampton, is holding a
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A CHARITY coffee morning and craft fair will be held at St Patrick’s
Church, New Whittington, on 22nd June. The event will feature
around 15 craft stalls to browse, from 10am-1pm, with proceeds to
Children on the Edge.
Youth Hostels promote bus links
YHA is also joining the CPRE in its call for better bus and train
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The YHA has eight youth hostels in the Peak District National Park
providing accommodation, somewhere to refill a water bottle for
free, enjoy a drink and snack, or simply use as a starting point for a
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The number 276 bus departs from New Beetwell Street,
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The number 66 bus departs from New Beetwell Street,
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Twist editor Mike Firth makes a return visit to where Chesterfield
meets the countryside and one of his favourite local restaurants
Pan-Roasted Pigeon Breast
Sea Bass Fillets
HERE are deliberately not too many words with this month’s food review - we’ve
chosen to let the pictures of chef Mark Aisthorpe’s wonderful dishes do most of the
The Bull’s Head at Holymoorside is the venue, but Mark also runs The Barley Mow just down
the road in Wingerworth. I called in recently with wife Helen on a Tuesday evening and we
were surprised at just how many diners were already enjoying their meals. It could have been
a Friday or Saturday - word is certainly spreading!
The great thing about The Bull’s Head is that you can either tuck into quality pub classics - the
Steak and Ale Pie and Beer-Battered Fish and Chips are big favourites - or you can do as we did
and select from Mark’s tempting a-la-carte menu - with more daily specials on the blackboards.
After sending three of our magazines to press in a particularly busy week, Helen and I were
keen to celebrate and both found exciting-sounding dishes to help us along.
For starters, Helen selected the Pan-Roast Woodland Pigeon Breast, presented with Black
Pudding, Pea Puree, Air Pops, Truffle Oil and Afila Cress (£7.20). My choice was Pan Fried King
Scallops with Sweet Corn Puree, Sweet Corn Salsa and Crispy Chorizo was decorated with
wild garlic flowers (£8.50). Full of colour and beautifully presented, we can report they both
tasted every bit as good as they looked.
Mains saw Helen devour Sea Bass Fillets with Hassle Back Potatoes, Asparagus, Wild Garlic,
Fennel, Pickled Shiitake and Mustard Foam (£18) and I was thrilled with the flavours of my
Chicken Supreme Wrapped in Parma Ham with Leek & Garlic Mash, Silver-Skin Onions, Wild
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Still in the mood to celebrate - but both almost replete - we shared a dessert of Nougat Salted
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Taste of Jamaica
Fancy tucking into something different this weekend? Mike Firth has a suggestion
HEN it comes to trying new foods and flavours, Yvonne
Bointon soon discovered that Chesterfield folk are not quite
as adventurous as people were in her previous home city of
However, she is on a mission to change all that and her home delivery
Caribbean cookery service has already won over a sizeable business of
Said Yvonne: “Chesterfield isn’t the most diverse town and I didn’t
know how people would take the food I cook, but they seem to like it
and come back with orders for their particular favourites.”
Yvonne’s Paradise Kitchen operates from Brampton, delivering
traditional Jamaican dishes directly to the doors of food fans every
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. With recipes handed down from
her parents, Yvonne prides herself on using fresh produce from local
suppliers, marinated in her own special blends of herbs and spices.
I put her menu to the test one Friday teatime and, delivered from
Yvonne’s kitchen to my own, I was joined by curious wife Helen and
daughter Olivia in sampling some of the more popular creations.
Jamaican specialities Curried Mutton and Jerk Chicken were
particularly full of flavour, accompanied by another staple dish of the
Caribbean, Rice and Peas. The meat was very tender indeed.
My favourite, however, was Brown Stew Chicken, with more tender
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What a lovely treat to experience a completely different teatime meal
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Yvonne’s menu for “next time”.
Other popular creations include a Spicy Plantin and Mixed Bean Stew,
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Actor David Bradley, star of ‘Kes’,
is visiting the area for a special
showing of the legendary 1969 movie.
He answers Mike Firth’s questions
IME marches on, but can you believe it is
50 years since the award-winning made-in-
Yorkshire film ‘Kes’ was shown in cinemas?
David “Dai” Bradley played the lead role of
schoolboy Billy Casper, the “hopeless case” whose
life was transformed by a kestrel chick.
David is to be special guest at an anniversary
screening of the movie at Staveley Hall on
Saturday, 29th June. Doors open at 7pm and the
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have a selection of ‘Kes’ memorabilia for sale.
Tickets for the event can be booked at
How did you land the role of Billy Casper?
The director, Ken Loach, wanted to use real school
kids as opposed to young professional actors. With
author Barry Hines being a teacher, it seemed
appropriate to audition youngsters at schools he had taught -
particularly as they were schools where pupils had failed their 11+
examinations whose prospects were low and deemed colliery or
Pupils from three schools took part in the general audition, and the
numbers were whittled down to around 36. Ken Loach invited them
along for a final audition at the best hotel in Barnsley. Some were
reading for Billy Casper (around five of us), others for the role of
Macdowall (the bully), and various small parts. Firstly, we read the
page scene prior to the fight on the coke, then Ken Loach wanted to
do an improvisation involving Billy acquiring a book from the library -
while knowing he wasn't a member - and how would he go about it.
A few days later, I received a hand-delivered letter offering me the
role of Billy Casper.
How long did it take to film?
For me, it was ten weeks; for the rest of the cast, eight, during school
summer holidays. This was because we needed to shoot the
sequences with the kestrel chicks as soon as possible, due to how
fast they were growing, and nearing first flight.
Also there were far more scenes with Billy, so filming continued
with me while all my school friends went back to school for
What was the reaction of your school pals
when you suddenly became famous?
I guess at the time of filming there might've been a certain amount
of envy, but because many of my mates were involved with ‘Kes’,
nothing really changed in so far as friendship was concerned. We
were all on cloud nine at the prospect of being part of the adventure.
When the film was released in 1970 (all of us having left school),
everyone was friendly and looking forward to seeing it. Thankfully,
it's always been that way whenever I bump into a school chum, and
we chat about the summer of '68. For all of us, it was a moment in
our lives that we cherish dearly.
Were you ever tempted to take up falconry?
Whilst enthralled by birds of prey in the wild, along with many
occasions visiting falconry centres, my professional life as an actor
predominated, and so I never really considered taking it further. Yet
part of me stills feels captivated by these wonderful birds whether
on TV via the odd documentary, or seeing them close up.
Incidentally, membership at the British Falconry Association after
the film was premiered increased by a staggering number, from
hundreds to well over 20,000!
Why do you think the film had such a huge appeal?
I guess because it was so authentic and resonated with young kids
who were so like Billy. Also, it challenged a lot of society issues
during the late 1960s/70s regarding problematic youth, a failing
education system and how youngsters - supposedly with low
prospects - lacked confidence due to disengaged teachers. As a
national newspaper announced at the time: ‘Good teachers will love
it, bad teachers will hate it.’
Parents, too, found it enlightening, and perhaps this helped them
to re-live and understand what it was like for young working-class
kids growing up. ‘Kes’ was part of a huge social revolution, and
reflected so much of the ills during this time; but it also
demonstrated that every kid has some form of talent if one
knows how to tap into it.
Didn’t you once write
a sequel to Kes?
On quite a few occasions, I've been
approached by film producers
interested in making a sequel, but
who never came up with a viable
story. All of them were predictable
and to a large extent stereotypical in
nature; basically the same story
with fewer redeeming assets.
I've always felt such a project
would be detrimental to Barry
Hines' outstanding novel, as well as
Ken Loach's brilliant adaptation, and
short-changing devoted fans.
What do you suspect might
have become of Billy Casper?
Who knows? One thing is for sure,
Billy was / is undoubtedly a survivor.
And he would've found something
meaningful, rather than accepting
his pre-conditioned lot in life.
In spite of the tragedy of losing his
beloved kestrel, Billy had an
outsider's instinct to eventually let go
and move on.
There's a Canadian poster advertising the film's release in the 70s
that best sums up Billy: "They beat him. They deprived him. They
ridiculed him. They broke his heart. But they couldn't break his
Why did you change your Christian name to Dai?
Quite simply, when I applied to join British Equity (the union for
actors), I was told another actor had the same name, and that it
meant they wouldn't accept me without choosing a different name.
The other David Bradley (perhaps best known for his role in the
Harry Potter films), has done pretty well for himself.
Watch the birdie! David Bradley with another feathered friend
I recall when I phoned him back then and asked him to change his
name, because he was unknown, he told me to go away... only he
didn't use that term!
What projects do you have planned for this year?
I am currently working on a project, but alas sworn to secrecy. All
being well, by autumn we'll know if my endeavours have been
It's a new challenge for me; one that has taken up quite a lot of
time. I'm hopeful it will appeal, but I can't say more at present.
Experience has taught me that one should take great care before
making any 'off the cuff' announcement.
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