Sheffield-born star saddling up in aid of Derbyshire cause

Singer Dave Berry with his friend Jeff Troops are preparing to cycle along the Chesterfield Canal.
Singer Dave Berry with his friend Jeff Troops are preparing to cycle along the Chesterfield Canal.
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Sheffield rock legend Dave Berry is hoping his latest charity challenge won’t turn out to be a Crying Game.

The Beighton-born singer, is preparing to cycle 46 miles along Chesterfield Canal next month, in aid of the Chesterfield Canal Trust.

Dave – who made it big in the sixties, with hit songs including Little Things and the Crying Game – is no stranger to such ventures, having walked all 40 miles of the Limey Way last year to raise £1,600 for Chesterfield’s MS Society.

He will be accompanied on the ride by his daughter Tania Colley and good friend Jeff Troops.

Dave, aged 73, of Dronfield, said: “I first made contact with the trust while taking my granddaughter on a Santa cruise last Christmas.

“I was so impressed by the work their volunteers do that I decided I’d like to help.”

Rod Auton, of the trust, said: “We’re grateful to Dave for doing this.

“Quite often, you hear people say they’d like to do things and then you never hear from them again, but Dave has been true to his word and he got in touch with us last month to tell us he wanted to do this.

“We think it will take him five or six hours to do the whole length of the canal and luckily the path is quite flat for much of the way.”