By Vern Brown
We have been saddened to hear of the recent death of Dave Hannan, a volunteer at Bugsworth Basin. He had been suffering with pancreatic cancer.
I met Dave at Bugsworth in about 2014. I wasn’t sure what to make of this bluff, opinionated guy, until we began working together. I think our first job was replacing the wooden fence above the end of the lower basin, I soon realised that here was a chap with a wealth of knowledge and the drive to put that knowledge into action. Dave became a mainstay of the maintenance team at the basin, always willing to help where he was needed, whether trimming brambles with Martin or rebuilding wash walls with me. His greatest contribution was in the building of the replica tramway wagon with his engineering knowledge, we would have struggled severely without him.
He will be missed by all the recent volunteers from the basin and by his many friends in Buxton Mountain Rescue, CAMRA and the lock volunteers at Marple. As you can see, a man who got on with life.