Plaque marks Bob’s legacy

Friends of Dronfield Station held event to honour memory of founding member Bob Clough. A plaque has been put up in the flower-filled pit tub Bob restored.
Friends of Dronfield Station held event to honour memory of founding member Bob Clough. A plaque has been put up in the flower-filled pit tub Bob restored.
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A memorial dedicated to a community stalwart has been unveiled in the heart of the beauty spot he helped to create.

Friends of Dronfield Station paid tribute to the late Bob Clough, who helped transform the fortunes of the once-derelict railway stop, with a commemorative plaque.

Friends of Dronfield Station held event to honour memory of founding member Bob Clough.

Friends of Dronfield Station held event to honour memory of founding member Bob Clough.

Former Sheffield Council environmental health officer Bob served as chairman of Dronfield Civic Society before his death in 2011.

He was also one of the founding members of the Friends of Dronfield Station in 2006 and his green-fingered talents helped to cement its reputation as a small slice of paradise.

In honour of his work the group have placed a plaque in the lower filled-pit tub which the father-of-two and grandfather, who was 71 when he died, helped to restore.

Dr Peter Hayward, chairman of Friends of Dronfield Station, said: “Bob always went about his work in a modest and unassuming way but never failed to get things done successfully and on time.

“He was very dedicated and very enthusiastic.”

Dronfield station was neglected and under-used before the Friends took over.

On top of his work at the railway stop, Bob also volunteered for the Lea Brook Valley project.

North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel said: “Bob’s contribution to this town will be long-remembered.”

Members of the community gathered for the official unveiling ceremony at the station.

Bob’s widow Irene Clough, 71, of Coal Aston, was guest of honour.

She said: “Bob retired when he was 57 and after that he got involved in a lot of groups in the community.

“He enjoyed things being right and nice and took great pride in Dronfield. Bob was always a real team member.

“It was overwhelming to see so many local people there to recognise his work.”